PECO Energy Co. hit with slip-and-fall lawsuit

Jon Campisi Jul. 5, 2011, 9:49pm

A Philadelphia man who tripped over a utility grate protruding from a city street is suing the PECO Energy Co. for injuries he allegedly sustained as a result of the fall.

Attorney Gustine J. Pelagatti, of the Philadelphia firm Gustine J. Pelagatti & Associates, filed the slip-and-fall lawsuit July 5 at the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas on behalf of Dwayne Griffin.

According to the complaint, Griffin was walking along the sidewalk at North 5th and West Courtland streets Jan. 4, when he fell on a “defective” grate owned and operated by the defendant.

As a result of the incident, Griffin suffered a tear in his left meniscus, a right knee contusion and post-traumatic sprain and strain, the lawsuit states. He also now allegedly walks with a limp.

The lawsuit accuses the defendant of negligence and carelessness for failing to correct the defective and dangerous condition on the sidewalk.

As a result of the incident, Griffin has suffered, and will continue to suffer great pain, humiliation, mental anguish, suffering, discomfort, disfigurement, embarrassment and a loss of life’s pleasures, the suit states.

Griffin demands judgment against the defendant in an amount in excess of $50,000.

The non-jury trial has not yet been scheduled for arbitration.

The case number is 110700007.

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