In October, 2011, an 81 year old woman went to a small plaza in Kenmore, New York to purchase vitamins. On her way out, she stepped into a pothole, fell down, and suffered a fracture in her non-dominant arm. Insurance companies for the Plaza claimed that they were not responsible for the woman’s fall because the condition was “open and obvious” and that the woman should have seen the hole. Robert Maranto, of Andrews, Bernstein, Maranto & Nicotra, after mediation, rejected the offer from the insurance company for $25,000 and the matter was set for trial before the Honorable Shirley Troutman. Immediately prior to trial, the insurance company raised their offer more than 500% and the case settled for $156,000.