Green-lighted reconsideration motion sends accident case back to trial pool

By Nicholas Malfitano | Dec 9, 2015


PHILADELPHIA – The Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas has granted an auto accident plaintiff’s motion for reconsideration, moving the case from arbitration back into the court’s trial pool.

Bernard M. Gross filed the reconsideration motion on Oct. 29 on behalf of his client, plaintiff Kamari Omar James. Initially, Judge John M. Younge of the court decided on Oct. 8 to send the negligence action against Maria Geagnacova of Newportville to arbitration – allegedly, Gross said, without a hearing or properly providing notice to plaintiff counsel.

Gross added his client’s settlement demand of $87,500 means it is beyond the court’s jurisdictional arbitration limits and belongs in major jury program. Younge approved Gross’s reconsideration motion last month.

On May 5, 2014, a motor vehicle collision happened between the parties allegedly due to defendant Geagnacova’s “carelessness, recklessness and negligence,” on Route 291 at International Plaza in Philadelphia. James suffered a hip contusion, strain and sprain of his entire spine, and severe shock to his nervous system in the accident.

The plaintiff is seeking damages in excess of $50,000 and to recover medical costs under the Pennsylvania Motor Vehicle Financial Responsibility Law (PMVFRL) in this case.

The plaintiff is represented by Bernard M. Gross in Philadelphia.

The defendant is represented by Ronald Marrero of Robert J. Casey & Associates, also in Philadelphia.

Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas case 150500087

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