Northeast Philly car crash leads to personal injury claim

By Jon Campisi | Aug 3, 2011

A Philadelphia woman who sustained internal injuries, including a lacerated liver, following a car crash in Northeast Philly is suing the woman allegedly responsible for the accident.

Attorney Scott E. Diamond, of the Philadelphia firm Clearfield, Kofsky & Penneys, filed the personal injury claim July 29 at the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas on behalf of Karen McGuire.

The defendant named in the case is Michelle Boffa, also of Philadelphia.

According to the complaint, Boffa and/or an unidentified driver “so carelessly and negligently operated [their] vehicle so as to cause it to collide with the vehicle being operated by Plaintiff, Karen McGuire.”

The accident happened on March 3, 2010 at the intersection of Cottman and Rockwell avenues.

As a result of the accident, McGuire sustained a liver laceration, open calcaneus fracture, open malleolar fracture necessitating surgical repair, multiple contusions and abrasions resulting in skin discoloration and surgical repair, as well as other physical injuries, the lawsuit states.

McGuire has had to spend various sums of money on medical treatment because of the incident, and she has suffered a “severe loss of earnings and impairment of earning power and capacity.”

The lawsuit accuses Boffa of negligence and carelessness for operating a motor vehicle at an excessive speed, failing to warn the plaintiff of the approach of the defendant’s vehicle, failing to stop, failing to stay in proper lane of travel, careless and/or improper lane change, and violating other provisions of the state motor vehicle code.

“As a further result of the incident aforementioned, Plaintiff, Karen McGuire, has suffered severe physical pain, mental anguish and humiliation, and may continue to suffer same for an indefinite time in the future,” the lawsuit claims.

McGuire seeks damages from the defendant in a sum in excess of the arbitration limits, or $50,000, plus related costs.

A jury trial has been demanded.

The case number is 110800032.

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