'Squished and flattened' cherry incident leads to personal injury claim

By Jon Campisi | Jul 12, 2011

An Allentown, Pa. woman is suing a local grocery store in Philadelphia Common Pleas Court for injuries she suffered after falling on a loose cherry at the Allentown business.

Philadelphia attorney Richard T. Kupersmith, of the law firm Weinstein, Schleifer & Kupersmith, P.C., filed the premises liability lawsuit July 11 on behalf of Milargos Adorno.

Named as defendants in the lawsuit are PRRC, Inc., Mark Three Realty, L.P., Wakefern Food Corporation and Shop-Rite Supermarkets, Inc.

According to the civil action, Adorno was shopping at the Price-Rite Market, located at 1720 S. 4th St. in Allentown, Pa.,  on July 17, 2009, when, while navigating the store’s aisles, she slipped and fell on a “squished and flattened” cherry that had been left on the floor of the market.

As a result of her fall, Adorno sustained various physical injuries, including cervical sprain and strain, lumbar sprain and strain, disc herniation, left wrist sprain and strain, left ankle sprain and strain, injuries to her head, neck, back, arms, legs, bones, tissues and organs, the lawsuit states. Adorno also has experienced mental anguish as a result of the accident.

The lawsuit accuses the defendants of carelessness and negligence for allowing a dangerous condition to exist on the premises and for failing to perform routine inspections of the area to ensure it wasn’t a danger to shoppers.

The suit claims that the plaintiff has had to spend various sums of money on medical attention and may be required to do so in the future.

Adorno demands judgment against the defendants, jointly and severally, in an amount not in excess of $50,000.

The non-jury matter has been scheduled for a March 13, 2012 arbitration hearing.

The case number is 110700769.

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