By Nicholas Malfitano | Nov 17, 2015

PHILADELPHIA – A plaintiff's attorney cited a lack of communication over a five-year-plus period with his client and the resultant financial burden as his main motivations in wanting to withdraw from a motor vehicle accident suit.

Frank W. Baer of Gibley & McWilliams in Media filed a motion to withdraw his appearance on Sept. 29. He stated he has had “no contact” with plaintiff Tiarah Arnold – despite a litany of calls, letters and searches. Baer asserted this “complete lack of communication” caused him and his firm a financial burden, leaving them no choice but to withdraw from the litigation.

A hearing in this matter was set for Friday in Court chambers, at Philadelphia City Hall.

On April 18, 2004, Arnold (then, a minor) was a pedestrian at the intersection of 59th & Webster Streets in Philadelphia, when she was allegedly struck by a vehicle driven by Sean Armstead of Philadelphia and owned by Ann Burbage, also of Philadelphia. The suit says Armstead’s unsafe and negligent driving was the primary cause of the accident. Arnold filed her suit in January 2010 after reaching the age of majority.

The plaintiff is seeking judgment in excess of $50,000, plus attorney’s fees, costs and other relief from each defendant in this case.

The defendants have no legal representation, per court records.

Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas case 100103014

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