Nicholas Malfitano Aug. 14, 2015, 2:29pm


PHILADELPHIA – Plaintiff counsel in a slip-and-fall suit filed against Thomas Jefferson University Hospital and its Risk Management Department has petitioned the Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas to withdraw his appearance.

Casey O. Srogoncik of Clearfield & Kofsky motioned to the Court on July 23 to be relieved of providing legal representation for Philadelphia resident Craig Owens, citing an “undetermined conflict” as the reason for which he cannot continue to act as counsel for his client. Srogoncik added the conflict was “only available to be addressed at the bar of the Court.”

Owens filed suit against Thomas Jefferson University Hospital and its Risk Management Department in December, in connection with a fall he says he suffered on the premises on July 9, 2013.

On that day, Owens claimed he fell in a room at the hospital due to a wet, slippery substance that had been allowed to remain on the floor for a long period of time. Owens’ assertion was the negligence of the defendants in failing to inspect or repair their plumbing system, which caused the leak onto the hospital floor.

Owens sustained a fractured lumbar vertebra, disc injuries, sprain and strain of his entire spine, knee and shoulder, lumbar pathology and radiculitis.

The plaintiff is seeking jointly and severally, an amount not in excess of arbitration limits, plus interest, court costs.

The defendants are represented by Mary E. Reilly of Post & Schell, also in Philadelphia.

Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas case 141200741

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

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