Texas plaintiff files slip-and-fall suit against Chapman Ford in Pa. court

By Jon Campisi | Jun 6, 2013

A Texas woman is suing a suburban Philadelphia car dealership over claims that she became seriously injured after slipping and falling in the defendant’s parking lot.

Gale Ingram, of Missouri City, TX, alleges in her civil action against Chapman Ford Inc. that the defendant committed negligence when it failed to correct a dangerous condition existing on its 1170 Easton Road property in Horsham, Montgomery County. 

Chapman Ford, which does business as Chapman Nissan, and the owner of the property on which the dealership is situated, identified only as 6925 Essington Ave. LP, are both named as defendants in the premises liability action, which was filed in Philadelphia County on May 30 by Bala Cynwyd lawyer Elizabeth A. Savitt.

The plaintiff claims that while lawfully on the defendants’ premises on Feb. 3, 2012, at about 9:30 in the morning, she was suddenly caused to slip and fall in the parking lot as a result of coming into contact with a “defective condition,” the specifics of which are not spelled out in the complaint.

As a result of her fall, Ingram reportedly sustained a number of injuries to her body, including torn ligaments and tendons, bone marrow swelling, herniated and bulging discs in her back, and other ills and injuries that have required costly medical attention.

The incident also allegedly caused the woman to experience mental anguish, and have made it so Ingram has been rendered physically “sick, sore, lame, prostrate, disabled and disordered,” the complaint reads.

“As a further result of the aforesaid, plaintiff Gale Ingram has been and will continue in the future to be hindered and prevented from attending to her usual duties, avocations and occupation, all of which have caused and may in the future cause her to sustain a loss of earnings and/or earning power, to her great financial detriment and loss,” the lawsuit states.

Gale Ingram seeks $50,000 in damages.

Her husband, Raymond Ingram, listed as a co-plaintiff in the litigation, also seeks $50,000 in damages for loss of consortium.

An arbitration hearing has been scheduled for mid-February 2014.


The case ID number is 130503308.

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