Spokane woman files claim against government for fall outside post office

A Spokane woman who slipped and fell on the ice outside of the U.S. Post Office on West Garland wants the U.S. government to pay for her injuries and other damages.

Joy Snider filed a tort claim in federal court.

The claim says Snider came to the post office on February 26, 2018 to submit a change of address form. After she was done, she walked out of the building and slipped on a patch of black ice. She fell onto the concrete sidewalk and suffered a concussion, neck, back and other injuries, according to the claim.

The claim says the government and the U.S. Postal Service have a duty “to exercise reasonable care to maintain the premises so they are reasonably safe for invitees.”

Snider suffered “severe and permanent personal injuries and damages” from the fall, according to the claim.

The claim lists a demand of $222,000.

The government has yet to respond to the claim.