Lack of client cooperation compels plaintiff counsel to leave premises liability case

By Nicholas Malfitano | Apr 28, 2016

PHILADELPHIA – Counsel for a pair of plaintiffs injured in a deck fall on the premises of a property service company is seeking to leave the litigation.

Stacy L. Shields of Shields Law Group in Philadelphia, filed a motion to withdraw appearance on March 15. Shields said plaintiffs Vojn Owens and Angel Ellis retained her services on June 21 of last year, but the plaintiffs never responded to her follow-up phone calls and letters.

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Shields added it was brought to her attention the plaintiffs never sought treatment for their supposed injuries, and the lack of cooperation from the plaintiffs would not allow her to continue representing them.

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

On June 19, it is alleged that Owens and Ellis were on the defendant’s property when they fell and were injured, due to a defective and dangerous condition on the property’s outside deck. Owens and Ellis argued a failure on the part of the defendant to inspect, maintain or repair the deck, or warn visitors to the property of the condition.

Owens allegedly suffered spinal injuries, a right knee contusion, a right fifth metacarpal fracture and multiple abrasions to the body, while Ellis allegedly suffered post-concussion syndrome and spinal strain and sprain.

The plaintiffs are seeking damages not in excess of $50,000, plus costs in this case.

Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas case 150804035

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