Franklin Mills Mall hit with premises liability lawsuit

Jon Campisi Jun. 15, 2011, 1:21pm

A Philadelphia woman is suing Franklin Mills Mall for injuries she sustained after falling at the Northeast Philly business.

Philadelphia attorney Jerry Lyons, of the firm Joseph Chaiken & Associates, P.C., filed the premises liability lawsuit June 13 at the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas on behalf of Jeanel Patten.

Named as defendants are Franklin Mills Associates, Franklin Mills Management Associates, Simon Property Group, Crothall Services Group and SSC Service Solutions.

According to the civil complaint, Patten was walking through the mall, located at 1455 Franklin Mills Circle, in late August of this year when she slipped and fell on water that had accumulated on the floor in front of the Sam Ash and Kasper Outlet stores. The water came from a leaking roof that had not been fixed.

The lawsuit accuses the defendants of carelessness and negligence in allowing a hazardous and dangerous condition to exist, and for failing to take measures to ensure the property would be safe for pedestrian travel.

As a result of the accident, Patten suffered a knee contusion and ligament injuries that have caused her, and will continue to cause her great pain, suffering, embarrassment, humiliation, loss of life’s pleasures, future medical bills, wage loss, impairments of body functions and will prevent her from carrying out her daily duties and activities, the lawsuit contends.

Patten demands judgment against the defendants jointly and/or severally in an amount not in excess of $50,000.

The non-jury matter is scheduled for an arbitration hearing on Feb. 14, 2012.

The case number is 110600813.

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