Restaurant patron files slip and fall claim

By Jon Campisi | Sep 19, 2011

A New Jersey woman who claims she injured herself in the parking lot of a Northeast Philadelphia bar and restaurant has filed a personal injury lawsuit against the property owner, alleging negligence on the part of the defendant.

Sandra Henon and her husband, John Henon, of Pennsauken, N.J. are suing the Wharton Realty Group, Inc., based in Harrisburg, Pa., for failing to keep the parking lot of Randi’s Restaurant and Bar, located at 1619 Grant Avenue, safe for pedestrian travel.

The complaint was filed Sept. 14 at the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas by Philadelphia lawyers Michael H. Gaier and Michael D. Shaffer, of the firm Shaffer & Gaier, LLC.

The lawsuit states that Sandra Henon became injured on May 18, 2010, when, while proceeding to her vehicle in the restaurant’s parking lot, she tripped and fell on an “unreasonably dangerous condition.”

Specifically, the suit states, the plaintiff fell into one of the “deep depressions” that existed in the lot, holes that allowed water to accumulate and create a hazard for business invitees.

The lawsuit accuses the defendant of negligence and carelessness for failing to maintain the parking lot, allowing a dangerous and defective condition to exist in the lot, failing to warn the plaintiff and others of the hazard, and failing to inspect, maintain and correct the depressions in the lot.

As a result of her fall, the complaint states, Sandra Henon suffered “serious and painful personal injuries,” including, but not limited to, an occult stress fracture within the cuboid, a focal bone marrow contusion, injury to her left foot, knee and leg, mental anguish and other injuries.

The incident has caused Sandra Henon to spend various sums of money on medical treatment, and has prevented her from attending to her usual duties and occupations, the suit states.

Because she has been unable to work, Henon has suffered a loss of earnings and earning capacity.

The lawsuit also contains a loss of consortium count on the part of John Henon, who contends that the incident involving his wife has caused him to be deprived of his wife’s services and companionship.

Each plaintiff seeks judgment in excess of the jurisdictional limits, or $50,000, plus attorney’s fees and other court relief.

No jury trial has been demanded as of yet.

The case number is 110901132.

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