Counsel wants tractor-trailer accident lawsuit transferred to Cumberland County court

By Nicholas Malfitano | Aug 23, 2016

PHILADELPHIA – One attorney says a motor vehicle accident involving a pair of tractor-trailers should be sent to Cumberland County, saying the case has no connection to Philadelphia County.

Laurence I. Gross filed a motion to transfer on May 27, wanting Paul and Kelly Sinclair’s case sent to the Cumberland County Court of Common Pleas. Gross said the accident took place in that county, no parties reside to the suit reside in Philadelphia County and the plaintiffs reside in North Carolina. Gross termed the situation as a “classic case” for transfer on grounds of forum non conveniens.

On Jan. 15, 2014, defendant Yakov R. Melnik was operating a commercial truck owned by First Global Express, Inc. on the Pennsylvania Turnpike, whereas Paul Sinclair was parked in a designated area off the highway, resting in his tractor-trailer. Sinclair alleges Melnik carelessly pulled into the area and collided with his vehicle, seriously injuring him.

Sinclair claimed to suffer a traumatic brain injury with post-concussive syndrome, post-traumatic vision syndrome, neurological injuries, a neck injury requiring fusion surgery and other injuries. Sinclair also alleged to have lost out on more than $50,000 in earnings and counting from the accident.

For charges of negligence and loss of consortium, the plaintiffs are seeking damages in excess of the limits needed to guarantee a jury trial, plus costs, interest, compensatory damages and all damages under the law, plus other relief the Court deems appropriate.

The plaintiffs are represented by Bradley T. Beckman of Beckman & Marion, in Philadelphia.

The defendants are represented by Gross of Salmon Ricchezza Singer Turchi, also in Philadelphia.

Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas case 160100231

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