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DIOCESE TOLD TO PAY $675,000 FOR FALL

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A State Supreme Court jury ordered the Buffalo Catholic Diocese to pay $675,000 to a semi-retired Williamsville painting contractor who suffered a blood clot of the brain and vision problems after he fell on an icy sidewalk outside a local parochial school. After a two-week negligence trial, the jury ordered the diocese, or its insurance carriers, to pay the money to the contractor, 68, for injuries he suffered from the fall.  Francis M. Letro, the contractor’s attorney, said his client fell and hit his head on the ice-covered sidewalk along a service road at the school.  The contractor had to undergo brain surgery and suffered permanent vision problems.