Burger King slip-and-fall prompts lawsuit

Jon Campisi May 10, 2011, 4:24pm

A former union electrical inspector who slipped on a patch of ice while working at a Burger King that was being renovated is suing the corporation and others in a personal injury civil action.

Philadelphia attorney Jeffrey Laffey filed a lawsuit May 9 at the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas on behalf of Jeffrey MacDonald, and his wife, Dawn, of Hatboro.

The complaint alleges that while working at the site of the renovated Burger King restaurant at 3000 Island Avenue in Philadelphia, Jeffrey MacDonald sustained “serious and permanent” injuries to his right elbow when he fell on snow and ice left behind at the location.

The lawsuit says that his injuries have caused MacDonald to expend money for medical care and treatment, and will continue to do so into the future.

Furthermore, MacDonald has suffered the permanent loss of strength to his right arm with limitations on range of motion, the suit states. MacDonald is expected to experience continuous aches, pains and mental anguish into the future, as well as experience a continued loss of earnings and earning capacity, the suit claims.

Aside from the Burger King Corp., the other defendants named in the lawsuit are Gia Construction LLC, the contractor performing the renovations at the restaurant; J.M. Hughes & Company, the contractor hired to perform snow and ice removal at the location; and Eastwick Joint Venture IV, the owner of the 3000 Island Avenue property.

The plaintiff is seeking from the defendants compensatory damages in excess of $50,000 for each of the two counts of negligence alleged in the lawsuit.

A third count, loss of consortium, involves MacDonald’s wife, the suit states. She, too, is seeking separate sums in excess of $50,000 in compensatory damages for her sufferings due to her husband’s injuries.

The plaintiff has demanded a jury trial.

The case number is 110501036.

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