Hearing on cancelled arbitration sessions in crash case continued to late May

Nicholas Malfitano May 2, 2016, 8:54am


PHILADELPHIA – A hearing connected to cancelled arbitration sessions in a motorcycle crash case has been moved back until late May, according to the Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas.

The case was transferred to binding arbitration on Dec. 28, though those sessions were apparently later cancelled and a status hearing on said cancellations was set for Thursday. However, it was continued until May 19 and all counsel were informed, per Judge Lisa M. Rau.

On July 30, 2012, Yeadon resident Arthur Milano was driving a motorcycle with Philadelphia resident Marion Marzullo in tow as a passenger west on Oregon Avenue in Philadelphia, approaching its intersection with 19th Street. Milano’s motorcycle then allegedly came into contact with an unsecured and raised manhole cover that ejected both Milano and Marzullo from the motorcycle and caused permanent injuries to both plaintiffs.

The plaintiffs accuse the defendants of failing to provide safe travel routes, failing to use due care and allowing this dangerous condition to exist.

Milano allegedly suffered full-body injuries, including severe spinal injuries, a right hip fracture, various neuropathies and severe bilateral carpal tunnel syndrome.

Marzullo allegedly fractured four of her right ribs, internal derangement of her right knee, C5 and C6 vertebrae injuries and severe bilateral carpal tunnel syndrome.

The plaintiffs are each seeking damages in excess of $50,000, plus interest and costs from the defendants in this case, the City of Philadelphia and the Philadelphia Water Department.

The plaintiffs are represented by Alan F. Galerman of the Galerman Law Group, in Philadelphia.

The defendants are represented by Peter W. Baker of the City of Philadelphia’s Law Department, also based in Philadelphia.

Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas case 140703421

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

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