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Senator who fell from balcony is suing homeowner

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Sen. Andrew Maynard. (senatedems.ct.gov photo) Sen. Andrew Maynard. (senatedems.ct.gov photo)
STONINGTON, CT (WFSB) -

A local senator injured after falling off a balcony is suing the homeowner where it happened.

Senator Andrew Maynard suffered a traumatic brain injury, one that may be permanent.

His ailments have forced him to not seek reelection and seizures that happened after the fall got him into a car crash.

“Senator Maynard is still going through occupational therapy, speech therapy and as everybody knows, he has aphasia,” said Kelly Reardon, Maynard’s attorney.

Maynard said he fell as he was moving furniture during the overnight hours two years ago.

The lawsuit said he fractured his skull, spine and has other potentially permanent injuries.

That’s why he’s suing the homeowner, Dorothy Papp, claiming she was careless and violated more than two dozen building codes that cover railings, guards and even lighting.

Building codes said the railing needs to be 42 inches. In this case, Maynard’s lawyers said it was several inches below what the law required.

“The railing is key because it was very low,” Reardon said.

Papp wasn’t at her Grandview Park Road home on Monday, so she couldn’t comment or give Eyewitness News permission to inspect the railing.

Maynard’s lawyer said the railing has since been modified to meet state standards.

“Everybody around him is hopeful, but it's hard to say what his future will hold,” Reardon said.

Maynard has served the 18th District for 10 years.

“He's a great guy and he had a long career ahead of him and I think he has every right to pursue what he's doing,” said Susan Helie of Stonington.

It is unclear at this time what the amount of compensation Maynard’s attorney and he are looking for is.

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