Communication issues with client lead to plaintiff counsel's withdrawal from crash lawsuit

By Nicholas Malfitano | May 17, 2016

PHILADELPHIA – Plaintiff counsel in a serious motor vehicle accident lawsuit is seeking to leave the litigation after communication issues with his client made his representation no longer possible.

Jeffrey D. Schaffer of Saffren & Weinberg filed a motion to withdraw appearance on April 13, due to “difficulty communicating” with plaintiff Christina Quijano, who has supposedly been unresponsive to all attempts to establish and maintain correspondence with her. Schaffer said Quijano offered no response to letters sent to her Camden, N.J. address on Nov. 15, Feb. 3 and March 30.

Schaffer added a Lexis Nexis search on April 11 showed Quijano still resided in Camden, but her phone had been disconnected, and issues regarding her case still needed to be discussed. Due to these communication issues, Schaffer felt he was unable to effectively represent the plaintiff and was of the opinion Quijano would be better served by securing alternate counsel.

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

On July 19, 2013, Quijano was driving at the intersection of Mt. Ephraim Avenue and Carl Miller Boulevard in Camden, N.J., and Joselito Fernandez was driving his own vehicle at the same place and time. Fernandez’s vehicle then allegedly struck Quijano’s due to his negligent driving, which Quijano says encompassed speeding, failing to stop, signal, yield or observe.

Quijano allegedly suffered injuries to her lower back, stomach, neck and pregnancy, plus multiple contusions, abrasions and other injuries. Quijano sued for negligence versus Fernandez, Santana Valley Farms, Inc. and Sunshine Food Wholesales, Inc., all of Philadelphia.

The plaintiff is seeking damages not in excess of $50,000, plus interest and costs in this case.

The defendants are represented by Michael R. Harding of the Law Offices of J. Mark Pecci II, in Philadelphia.

Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas case 150700179

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