Landscaper says he fell through manhole at Marine training site

By Nicholas Malfitano | Apr 13, 2015

PHILADELPHIA - A Chester man is suing the United States Marine Corps and Ridley Township for negligence after a fall sustained at a Marine Corps Training Center allegedly left him with permanent leg, knee and spinal injuries.

The suit, filed April 9 in United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, alleges that during his landscaping duties for Philadelphia-based Watt Industries on April 17, 2013, Damon Sheron Rush fell through an unsecured manhole cover on the grounds of the Marine Corps Training Center, located in Folsom.

As a result of the fall, Rush claims he suffered permanent injuries to his neck, back, left foot, left knee, left leg and spine.

According to the lawsuit, the U.S. Marine Corps, Ridley Township and their co-defendants, the U.S. Navy and Aqua America, were collectively negligent in ensuring that the manhole at the Marine Corps Training Center was properly sealed and secured, leading to the plaintiff’s injuries.

The plaintiff seeks $75,000 in damages, plus attorney and court costs. The plaintiff is represented by Joseph D. Cronin, Esq. of the Cronin Firm in Philadelphia.

United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania case 2:15-cv-01839

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