North Philadelphia sidewalk fall lawsuit settled before trial

By Nicholas Malfitano | Jul 11, 2016

PHILADELPHIA – Per an order from a Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas judge, a woman’s sidewalk fall premises liability lawsuit emanating from North Philadelphia was settled prior to assignment for trial.

George A. Marinelli filed a motion to withdraw his appearance on March 9, due to supposedly-irreconcilable differences with his clients, Avraam and Anastasia Vasiliadis of Philadelphia, which had taken place since entering his appearance more than six months prior. Marinelli sent a pair of letters to the Vasiliadises on Feb. 26 and March 3, respectively, informing them of his intent to withdraw.

However, on April 7, Marinelli filed a praecipe to rescind his own appearance withdrawal motion in this matter.

On Jan. 14, plaintiff Valerie Ann Woodland was a pedestrian walking with a cane on the sidewalk at 2749 North 47th Street when she was allegedly injured due to a defective sidewalk. Woodland believes the failure to inspect, warn or eliminate the hazard is what led to her accident.

Woodland allegedly suffered personal injuries, acute emotional tension and behavior state and severe shock to her nervous system in the fall, leading her to file separate counts of negligence against Avraam and Anastasia Vasiliadis, City Line Pizza & Pasta, Nutri-Fresh Foods and Praxitelis Vasiliadis.

On June 6, Judge John M. Younge announced through judicial order that the case had been settled prior to assignment for trial. Terms of the settlement were not disclosed.

The plaintiff was seeking damages, jointly and severally, in excess of $50,000, plus delay damages, costs, expenses, attorney’s fees and other relief in this case.

The plaintiff was represented by Bruce M. Rotfeld in Philadelphia.

The defendants were represented by Robert W. Shaw III of Mintzer Sarowitz Zeris Ledva & Meyers, also in Philadelphia, and Marinelli in Eddystone.

Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas case 150701680

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