City sued for manhole slip-and-fall incident

Jon Campisi Jun. 14, 2011, 9:08am

A Philadelphia man who fell into an uncovered manhole is suing the city and others for negligence.

Attorney David B. Sherman, of the Philadelphia firm Solomon, Sherman & Gabay, filed the premises liability civil complaint June 10 at the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas on behalf of Bryan Pullins.

The defendants in the suit are the City of Philadelphia, Philadelphia Gas Works and the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation.

According to the lawsuit, Pullins was a pedestrian in the area of 29th and York streets when he tripped and fell into an uncovered manhole, an incident that caused him “serious personal and bodily injury.”

The complaint accuses all three defendants of carelessness and negligence in failing to maintain and inspect the area in question, failing to provide safe access for pedestrians, failing to cordon off a dangerous area, failing to provide safe crossing and walkways and failure to monitor.

The lawsuit states that as a result of the incident, Pullins sustained leg, shoulder and lower back injuries that required surgery, and which have caused and may cause in the future great “pain and suffering and agony and a deprivation of his normal mode of living and a loss of earnings and/or earning power.”

Pullins also suffered embarrassment, humiliation and a loss of life’s pleasures, the suit states. Pullins has incurred various medical expenses and may incur further doctor’s expenses in the future.

The plaintiff demands judgment against the defendants jointly, severally and singularly in a sum in excess of $50,000.

The plaintiff has demanded a jury trial. The case awaits listing.

The case number is 110600729.

More News