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Phila. University sued by N.J. man who sustained foot fracture from fall on defective classroom flooring

By Jon Campisi | Aug 3, 2012

A New Jersey man claims in a civil filing that he sustained a fractured foot and other

bodily injuries after he tripped and fell on defective flooring at Philadelphia University two years ago.

Frank Miranda, of Point Pleasant, N.J., alleges that he became injured on Sept. 20, 2010, after falling inside one of the classrooms at the college, which is located in Philadelphia’s East Falls neighborhood.

As a result of his fall, Miranda suffered “severe and permanent injuries to his body,” the lawsuit claims, which included a left foot fracture, internal injuries and nervous system shock.

Miranda also suffered aches, pains, mental anguish and anxiety, the suit states.

The lawsuit, which was filed July 31 at the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas by Philadelphia attorney Joel J. Kofsky, accuses Philadelphia University of negligence for failing to ensure that the area in question was safe to travel, failing to ensure that the flooring was even and not defective, failing to warn the plaintiff of the hazardous condition, failing to properly inspect and maintain the premises, failing to exercise due care and failing to protect the safety of pedestrians and visitors to the educational institution.

The complaint states that Miranda had to spend large sums of money on medical attention, that he has been prevented from carrying out his daily activities and duties and that he has suffered a loss of earning capacity due to his inability to work.

Miranda seeks $50,000 in damages, plus pre-and-post-judgment interest, delay damages, attorney’s fees and other court relief.

An arbitration hearing has been scheduled for early April of next year.


The case ID number is 120704155. 

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