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$1.5 MILLION SETTLEMENT ACCEPTED

An HMO official who severely injured her back slipping on a slush-covered marble floor in a Key Bank building on Sheridan Drive near Harlem Road in Amherst has accepted a $1.5 million settlement from insurance carriers for Key Bank, her attorney said Friday.

Carol B. Reinhard, 53, of Williamsville, agreed to the cash settlement, which came during a jury trial in her negligence case against Key Bank before State Supreme Court Justice Jerome C. Gorski.

The settlement offer came after Ms. Reinhard's attorney, Francis M. Letro, presented evidence that Key Bank had cut back on maintenance and removed mats that covered the floor near the elevators, where his client had slipped.

On that very day in 1991, Ms. Reinhard had been promoted to director of mental health and psychiatric services for Health Care Plan, a tenant in the Key Bank building. Letro said Ms. Reinhard left her job in April 1997 on orders of her doctors.

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