Arpaio files suit against property owners over fall

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By Christina O'Haver By Christina O'Haver
By Christina O'Haver By Christina O'Haver
By Christina O'Haver By Christina O'Haver
By Christina O'Haver By Christina O'Haver

PHOENIX -- Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio says he's still suffering from a fall outside a building in 2013, and he wants the property owners to pay for his medical bills.

"After attempts to resolve this matter amicably, Joe Arpaio was left without any choice but to file a lawsuit," Arpaio's attorney, Mark Goldman, told 3TV.

Arpaio filed a lawsuit against the owners of Two Renaissance Square, near Central Avenue and Adams Street, seeking unspecified damages.

Arpaio fell on the sidewalk outside the building in February 2013 while on his way to a meeting.

He was treated for a serious arm and shoulder injury at St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center in Phoenix.

At the time, Arpaio took the blame for the fall.

"I blame myself. I fell and I broke my arm," he said from his hospital bed in a video his staff posted online.

Now, Arpaio says he is still suffering from his injury, and his attorney's experts found building code problems with the sidewalk.

"Our expert concluded that the building owners attempted to use the walkway as a sloped drainage way, but the cross slopes exceed by four times the allowable limits under the codes," Goldman said. "Additionally, our expert concluded that due to building movement, there are multiple breaks in the concrete path that have created tripping hazards in excess of allowable limits."

The lawsuit calls the sidewalk "unreasonably dangerous" and "improperly maintained."

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