Gas station sued over motor oil slip-and-fall incident

By Jon Campisi | Oct 4, 2011

A Philadelphia woman is suing a Delaware County, Pa. gas station for injuries she claims to have sustained after slipping on a puddle of motor oil two years ago.

The premises liability complaint was filed Sept. 28 at the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas by Jenkintown, Pa. lawyer Kenneth S. Saffren, of the firm Saffren & Weinberg, on behalf of Charmaine Trader.

The defendants named in the suit are the BP Gas Station at 1258 McDade Boulevard in Collingdale, Pa. and Saneet, Inc., the property owner.

According to the complaint, Trader was walking across the gas station property back on Oct. 17, 2009, when she suddenly came into contact with the slippery substance, causing her to fall to the ground near the gas pumps and sustain various injuries, including, but not limited to, right hand and finger numbness, post-traumatic lumbosacral radicular syndrome with pain and numbness in both buttocks, post-traumatic right elbow/lower arm sprain and strain, muscle spasms, joint dysfunction, right knee sprain and strain and a shock to her nervous system.

As a result of her injuries, the suit claims, Trader has had to spend various sums of money on medical attention, and she has been prevented from attending to her usual duties and activities, all to her “detriment and financial loss.”

Trader has also allegedly suffered ongoing physical pain and mental anguish and humiliation, and may continue to suffer the same for an indefinite period of time in the future.

The lawsuit accuses the defendants of carelessness and negligence for failing to keep the premises in a safe condition, permitting a dangerous condition to remain on the premises, failing to warn customers of the dangers that existed at the gas station, failing to inspect the premises and failing to provide plaintiff and other patrons with a safe area to traverse on the property.

Trader demands judgment against the defendants, jointly and severally, in an amount not in excess of $50,000, plus delay damages and other costs.

The non-jury matter is scheduled for an arbitration hearing in early June 2012.

The case number is 110903335.

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