Shirley Rice was injured on two separate occasions in 2010 when she tripped and fell on the cracks in a sidewalk. Not long after, she filed suit. According to a recent article, Rice was given $7,500 to settle her claim against the city of Saginaw.
Rice initially filed her complaint on March 15, 2013. The complaint stated that, "As a result of a defect in the sidewalk," Rice suffered serious injuries. The complaint states that the city is to blame for her injuries because it failed to exercise proper care and maintenance on the portion of the sidewalk which she fell on.
Rice had initially asked for a settlement of $25,000. Court records indicate that there was a case evaluation held on February 7, 2013. Shortly thereafter, attorneys for the city of Saginaw approved a settlement amount of $7,500 for Rice. In exchange for that amount, Rice agreed to drop the lawsuit.
This is not the first premises liability lawsuit that Rice has filed. Previously, she filed suit against the Michigan and United States Department of Transportation over weed cutting in her neighborhood. In that lawsuit, Rice claimed that weed cutting is ignored in neighborhoods that have a higher concentration of black residents than white residents. Rice has filed several other, similar lawsuits.