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Contractor sustained back injuries after slipping on black ice in lot of condo complex, suit alleges

By Jon Campisi | Jan 17, 2014

George szymanski

A contractor doing work for residents at a suburban Philadelphia

condominium complex has filed a civil action against the real estate group that owns the complex over claims that he became injured after slipping on black ice at the property.

Albert Jimenez, who resides in Delran, New Jersey, alleges he suffered a host of injuries, including a slipped disc in his lower back, left hip tendonitis, post-traumatic stress, and other physical ailments, following a fall on Jan. 17, 2012, at The Fairmont, a residential complex located at 41 Conshohocken State Road in Bala Cynwyd, Montgomery County.

On that date, at about 8 in the morning, the plaintiff went to the premises to perform tasks for residents in connection with his job as an independent contractor when, without warning, he came across a patch of black ice while he was walking through the parking lot carrying his work tools.

The plaintiff then fell “violently” onto his left hip, causing him to sustain injuries to his neck, leg, and middle and lower back, according to the lawsuit.

Jimenez ended up missing work for four months due to his injuries, which he alleges cost him $24,000 in lost wages.

He says he has also suffered a “permanent diminished earning capacity as the result of this accident,” according to the complaint.

The plaintiff accuses the defendant, which is listed as The Council of the Fairmont, of negligence for failing to identify the dangerous defect in the parking lot, in this case, the patch of black ice, and failing to correct the hazardous condition.

“The plaintiff’s accident would not have occurred absent negligence on the part of the defendant,” the lawsuit reads.

Jimenez seeks an unspecified amount of compensatory damages, plus interest and litigation costs.

He is being represented by Laurel Springs, N.J. attorney George R. Szymanski.


The federal case number is 2:14-cv-00232-MMB.

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