Fall on school district property spurs premises liability lawsuit

Jon Campisi Jul. 5, 2011, 9:47pm

A woman who fell and injured herself while attending a wedding at a Philadelphia School District-owned park two summers ago is suing the school district in civil court.

Philadelphia attorney Justin M. Bieber, of the firm Clearfield, Kofsky & Penneys, filed the premises liability lawsuit July 1 at the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas on behalf of Philadelphia resident Rosetta Hatcher.

According to the complaint, Hatcher had been attending a wedding at Chalmers Field, a park at 29th Street and Chalmers Avenue operated by the school district, when she tripped over a hole at the property.

The lawsuit accuses the school district of allowing a dangerous and defective condition to exist on its property.

The suit further faults the school district for allowing the condition to persist knowing that a public event was taking place at the location with the district’s permission.

As a result of her fall, Hatcher sustained various injuries, including but not limited to, foot injuries that required surgery and permanent disfigurement, the lawsuit states.

In addition to incurring medical costs, the plaintiff has suffered a loss of earning capacity because of her injuries.

Hatcher demands judgment against the defendant in an amount not in excess of the arbitration limits, or $50,000.

The non-jury matter is scheduled for an arbitration hearing March 6, 2012.

The case number is 110603320.

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