Torn meniscus from manhole cover slip-and-fall leads to injury claim against Phila.

By Jon Campisi | Sep 26, 2012

A Philadelphia woman claims in a recent civil filing that she sustained a torn meniscus in her knee last summer after she tripped and fell over an open manhole on property that is jointly maintained by the city and an early care and education facility.

Carol Arnold is suing the City of Philadelphia, Brightside Academy Inc. and Barry Sandrow, who is listed as being legally responsible for the maintenance of the property at 1500 E. Erie Avenue, which is where Arnold allegedly tripped and fell over the open manhole back on Aug. 8, 2011.

The lawsuit, which was filed Sept. 24 at the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas by Philadelphia attorney Marc F. Greenfield, of Spear, Greenfield & Richman, claims that Arnold was legally on the defendants’ premises when the slip-and-fall incident occurred.

As a result of the incident, the complaint states, Arnold sustained a left knee medial meniscus tear that required surgical repair, spine sprain and strain, disc bulges, an aggravation of pre-existing conditions and other ills and injuries.

The plaintiff claims she incurred costs related to medical and rehabilitative care as a result of the defendants’ negligence.

Arnold accuses the defendants of failing to provide sufficient warnings as to the dangerous conditions, failing to barricade and/or block off the dangerous area, failing to safety maintain the premises, failing to inspect and maintain known defects and failing to install properly maintained manhole coverings.

The plaintiff claims she suffered earnings losses because of her inability to work during the time of her recovery.

Arnold seeks judgment in excess of $50,000, exclusive of interest and litigation costs.


The case ID number is 120902661. 

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