McDonald's hit with premises liability lawsuit

By Jon Campisi | May 19, 2011

A New Jersey woman has filed a premises liability lawsuit against a McDonald’s franchise and its parent company for injuries she suffered after falling at the restaurant’s property.

Philadelphia attorneys Joel J. Kofsky and Steven L. Chung, of the Law Offices of Joel J. Kofsky, P.C., jointly filed the slip-and-fall suit May 17 at the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas on behalf of Janice Minor of Brown Mills, N.J.

The defendants in the case are the McDonald’s Restaurant at 4200-32 N. Broad St. and the McDonald’s Corp., based out of Chicago.

According to the complaint, Minor had just parked her vehicle in a handicapped spot at the restaurant the morning of Dec. 2, 2010 and got out of her car, only to trip and fall on the blacktop.

The suit does not specifically say what Minor had tripped over, just that she sustained serious and permanent injuries as a result of the act.

In the suit, Minor accuses the restaurant and its parent company of negligence and carelessness for not having thoroughly inspected the premises to ensure its safeness for business invitees.

As a result of her trip and fall, the suit states, Minor suffered injuries including severe aches, pains, mental anxiety and anguish, a severe shock to her nervous system, and other injuries the full extent of which is not yet known.

Minor also suffered internal injuries of an unknown nature, the suit says.

The complaint alleges that Minor has had to spend large sums of money on medical attention, and is expected to continue paying for medical treatment into the future.

For each of the two counts in the lawsuit, Minor is seeking damages jointly and/or severally in a sum not in excess of $50,000, plus court costs, delay damages, pre-and-post judgment interest and attorneys’ fees.

The non-jury matter is set for an arbitration hearing on Jan. 19, 2012.

The case number is 110501872.

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