Nicholas Malfitano Aug. 7, 2015, 9:25am


PHILADELPHIA – Representation for a defendant accused of negligence in a motor vehicle accident suit is seeking an executed release to finalize a previously agreed-upon settlement in the case.

Theresa M. Martin Lostracco, counsel for defendant and Philadelphia resident Cheryl Watson, filed a motion with the Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas to enforce settlement on June 2, asserting plaintiffs Sharon A. Scott, Zhymir Miller and Ronald Ramsey had not filed a Petition to Compromise Minor’s Action. 

Miller and Ramsey are minors under the law, and pursuant to Pennsylvania law, defense counsel stated the execution of such a release document would be required for them to receive proceeds of the settlement reached in February 2014. Scott was due to receive $13,000 and Miller and Ramsey were each to receive $1,000.

A hearing on the matter was scheduled for Thursday at Philadelphia City Hall, in Court chambers.

Scott, Miller and Ramsey’s lawsuit was filed in June 2012, in connection with a motor vehicle accident which took place on Nov. 13, 2011. On that day, Scott was driving in Philadelphia and stopped near Adams Avenue, along with Miller and Ramsey as passengers.

The plaintiffs claimed negligent driving on the part of Watson subsequently caused a rear-end collision which seriously injured all three of them. The plaintiffs also allegedly incurred medical care expenses in excess of the permitted recoverable amount under the Pennsylvania Motor Vehicle Financial Responsibility Law.

The plaintiffs were originally seeking in excess of $50,000, plus costs and other relief.

The plaintiffs are represented by Marc I. Simon, of Simon & Simon, in Philadelphia.

The defendant is represented by Martin Lostracco of the Law Offices of Hubshman, Flood & Bullock, in Plymouth Meeting and Jonathan D. Tobin in Philadelphia.

Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas case 120602080

From the Pennsylvania Record: Reach Courts Reporter Nicholas Malfitano at nickpennrecord@gmail.com

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