A Philadelphia man claims in a newly filed civil suit that he was severely
injured after falling on a patch of ice that had accumulated near a mailbox at a city post office.
Glen Guy filed a personal injury claim March 28 at the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania against the United States Postal Service over allegations that he was left unconscious for about a minute and required medical care after he fell on a patch of ice on the steps leading to a mailbox outside of the postal facility at 2601 N. 16th St. in Philadelphia back in early February of last year.
The plaintiff’s alleged injuries occurred while he was walking down the steps to the mailboxes, which the suit says were not properly maintained by the Postal Service.
After he fell backward, Guy was rendered unconscious for almost a minute, the complaint states.
He had to be taken by ambulance to Temple University Hospital where he was diagnosed as having a right-sided pneumothorax fracture and rib fractures.
After he was transported to the hospital, the suit says, Guy had to have a chest tube inserted into his right side.
The Postal Service is accused of breaching its duty of care by failing to keep the area around the outside mailboxes clear from ice and other hazardous conditions.
“As a further direct and proximate result of Defendant Postal Service’s breach of its duty of care as described herein, Plaintiff Guy suffered extreme physical and mental pain and discomfort, and was forced to incur medical expenses in being treated for his injuries,” the complaint reads.
Guy seeks $150,000 in compensatory damages.
He is being represented by attorney Adrian J. Moody.
The federal case number is 2:14-cv-01867-LFR.