City sued for slip-and-fall at Philly airport

By Jon Campisi | Jun 20, 2011

A Delaware woman is suing the City of Philadelphia and a snow removal contractor for injuries she sustained after falling to the ground at Philadelphia International Airport.

Attorney Joseph J. Aversa, of the Philadelphia firm Aversa & Linn, P.C., filed the premises liability lawsuit June 16 at the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas on behalf of Debra Gunn.

In addition to the city, Nebraska-based Premier Snow Removal, LLC is named as a defendant.

According to the complaint, Gunn was walking at the airport near Gate F8 on Dec. 21, 2009, when she slipped and fell on ice that had accumulated on the ground.

The lawsuit accuses the defendants of carelessness and negligence for failing to properly and adequately maintain the premises and for allowing a dangerous and hazardous condition to exist.

The suit states that Gunn sustained various injuries to her head, neck, back, arms and legs, as well as aggravation of pre-existing physical conditions. She also suffered mental anxiety and anguish.

The complaint alleges that Gunn has had to spend large amounts of money on medical treatment, and that the accident has prevented her from carrying out her usual duties and activities.

Gunn demands judgment against the defendants individually, jointly and severally in a sum in excess of $50,000, plus related costs.

The non-jury matter awaits listing.

The case number is 110601275.

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