Woman, 20, who suffered catastrophic brain damage is awarded $22MILLION after she fell two stories through a broken railing at a Cleveland bar on St Patrick's Day three years ago 'and the business tried to cover it up'

The family of a young woman who suffered catastrophic and permanent brain damage after falling through a faulty second-floor railing at a Cleveland bar three years ago have reached a $22million settlement with the proprietors of the now-defunct business and the owners of the building. 
Megan Keefe was a 20-year-old nursing student when she plummeted from a balcony at Spirits Bar on West 6th Street on St Patrick's Day in 2017. 
She landed head first onto a granite countertop 15 feet below, suffering severe injuries to her head and face that have left her in need of around-the-clock care, according to the lawsuit that her parents filed on her behalf four months later. 
The lawsuit claimed that the bar owners knew that the balcony railing was broken but did nothing to protect their patrons, and that after Keefe's accident they tried to cover up her fall. 
Megan Keefe was a 20-year-old nursing student when she fell from a second-floor balcony at a Cleveland bar on March 17, 2017
She suffered catastrophic brain injuries that have left her in need of around-the-clock care
Megan Keefe was a 20-year-old nursing student when she fell from a second-floor balcony at a Cleveland bar on March 17, 2017. She suffered catastrophic brain injuries that have left her in need of around-the-clock care
Keefe's family in June 2017 sued the owners of Spirits Bar, and owners of the building and the property manager claiming, among other things, a cover-up
Keefe's family in June 2017 sued the owners of Spirits Bar, and owners of the building and the property manager claiming, among other things, a cover-up 
It has now emerged that in April of this year, the owners of the shuttered bar, the building’s owner WD Downtown and the property manager Dalad Realty reached a settlement with the plaintiffs. 
The property manager agreed to pay $20million, and the two other defendants agreed to pay $1million each, reported Cleveland.com. 
About a third of the total settlement sum, or more than $8million, will go into a fund to cover Keefe's medical expenses, while her mother and father will each get $2million.
More than $8million will go to the family's half-dozen lawyers.  
Keefe had been drinking underage at Spirits Bar on March 17, 2017, after the St Patrick's Day parade. 
At around 2.30pm, the nursing student took a fall while dancing with friends on the second-story balcony. She suffered a brain bleed and a fractured skull, vertebrae, and eye socket, but staff ignored her need for medical attention and dragged her outside, aggravating her injuries, the lawsuit stated.
Video from inside the bar showed an employee removing her from the bar, while onlookers questioned his actions, saying she needed an ambulance.
Keefe was laid out on the sidewalk in front of the bar before emergency responders arrived and took her to the hospital in critical condition, the lawsuit stated.

Keefe was dragged outside by an employee at the bar (pictured, video from inside the bar)
Keefe was dragged outside by an employee at the bar (pictured, video from inside the bar)
Her parents' attorney called the dragging 'unreasonable and negligent', adding that it 'aggravated' her already catastrophic injuries
Her parents' attorney called the dragging 'unreasonable and negligent', adding that it 'aggravated' her already catastrophic injuries
Her parents' attorney Craig Bashein called the dragging 'unreasonable and negligent', adding that it 'caused an aggravation and/or worsening of Megan's already catastrophic fall-related injuries....'
Court records described alleged efforts by bar staff to conceal the accident by wiping away Keefe's blood and quickly repairing the broken railing before police and a fire investigator arrived.
The fire chief said in a deposition that he was told by a bar employee that a manager had put the broken railing panel into place, reported Fox 8.  
According to court records, Keefe for a while remained in a coma. She has been diagnosed with a seizure disorder and suffered a stroke. Three years and multiple blood transfusions after the accident, she cannot perform basic everyday tasks on her own and requires constant care. She is not expected to ever fully recover from her injuries.  
After Keefe's fall, the bar was cited for serving liquor to an underage person, and the bartender who took her order was sentenced to probation after pleading no contest to disorderly conduct. 
The bar was temporarily shut down due 'hazardous conditions', police said.
Building inspectors found Spirits was not certified to allow customers on the second floor, and cited the venue for an obstructed exit, along with outdated sprinklers and fire extinguishers.
In their lawsuit, Keefe's parents accused the defendants of failing to do anything despite knowing the railings were 'in a hazardous, dangerous and/or defective condition'.   
Woman, 20, who suffered catastrophic brain damage is awarded $22MILLION after she fell two stories through a broken railing at a Cleveland bar on St Patrick's Day three years ago 'and the business tried to cover it up' Woman, 20, who suffered catastrophic brain damage is awarded $22MILLION after she fell two stories through a broken railing at a Cleveland bar on St Patrick's Day three years ago 'and the business tried to cover it up' Reviewed by STATION GOSSIP on 05:45 Rating: 5

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