SEPTA sued over icy train station stairway

Jon Campisi Jun. 1, 2011, 4:10pm

A South Philadelphia man is suing the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority for injuries he sustained after falling on a slippery train station stairwell.

Philadelphia attorney Steven L. Chung filed the slip-and-fall lawsuit May 31 at the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas on behalf of James Goldman, who alleges he sustained numerous physical injuries after slipping on ice and snow buildup Dec. 20, 2010 at the elevated subway station at 2nd and Market streets in downtown Philadelphia.

According to the complaint, Goldman sustained a fracture of the left foot and ankle, as well as internal injuries of an unknown nature, after falling down the stairs.

Furthermore, Goldman suffered severe aches, pains, mental anxiety and anguish, and a “severe shock to his entire nervous system and other injuries the full extent of which is not yet known,” the lawsuit states.

The civil action faults SEPTA for failing to ensure ice and snow was cleared from an area traversed by the public and for allowing a dangerous condition to persist.

Goldman has had to expend large sums of money for medical treatment, and has been prevented from carrying out his daily duties and activities because of the incident, the suit states.

Goldman is seeking judgment from the defendant in a sum in excess of $50,000 plus attorney’s fees and related court costs.

The case awaits listing.

The case number is 110503517.

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