Nicholas Malfitano Feb. 12, 2016, 1:25pm


PHILADELPHIA – Irreconcilable differences with his client have left a Philadelphia attorney no choice but to withdraw from a slip-and-fall litigation against the City of Philadelphia.

Steven A. Liss filed a motion to withdraw his appearance on Jan. 13, due to the aforementioned differences with his client and plaintiff Christina Polizzano. Liss claims he left several phone messages for Polizzano in early November 2015 advising her of his desire to withdraw from the suit, in addition to sending letters expressing identical intent through both regular and certified mail.

Liss added he did make phone contact with Polizzano after that and directly noticed her of his intent to exit the suit. Liss seeks a 60-day stay of all proceedings, in order to provide Polizzano time to secure new counsel.

A hearing in this matter was set for Thursday in Court chambers, at Philadelphia City Hall.

On Dec. 31, 2013, the City owned property at Mollbore Terrace and allegedly permitted a dangerous condition to exist on the sidewalk adjacent to the terrace’s south side. Polizzano tripped and fell due to the cracked and broken sidewalk, resulting from the negligence of the City, she claims.

Polizzano allegedly suffered a 15-centimeter laceration from her forehead to her scalp, which required staple treatment.

The plaintiff is seeking damages not in excess of $50,000, and avers third-party recovery is possible under the Pennsylvania Political Subdivision Tort Claims Act, since she was injured on City property, suffered a permanent loss of bodily function and had medical expenses exceed $1,500.

The defendant is represented by Anthony J. Agati of the City Solicitor’s Office, in Philadelphia.

Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas case 141202491

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

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