Philly woman says church's missing handrail led her to suffer injuries from related fall

By Nicholas Malfitano | Jan 24, 2017

PHILADELPHIA – A Philadelphia woman has filed a lawsuit against a local church, for serious injuries she says she incurred from a fall which took place in a stairwell at the church.

Yvette Capers filed suit on Jan. 16 in the Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas, against Disney-Nicholas African Methodist Episcopal Church and its trustees, Marshall Greene, Alfred Turner & Mary Wiley, all of Philadelphia, and the African Methodist Episcopal Church, based in Nashville, Tenn.

“Plaintiff reached for a handrail to grasp in order to stop, break and/or minimize her fall, but there was no handrail for plaintiff to grasp. As a result of the defective, dangerous, hazardous, irregular and in disrepair condition of the aforementioned stairway, plaintiff violently and forcefully impacted the ground, causing her to sustain the injuries more specifically set forth below,” the suit reads.

Capers claims the stairway was missing a handrail on the left-hand side, and also claimed to have sustained right foot injuries, post-traumatic arthritis and permanent scarring in the fall.

The plaintiff is seeking damages in excess of $50,000, plus interest and costs, and in excess of the jurisdiction’s compulsory arbitration limits.

The plaintiff is represented by Thomas M. Holland in Philadelphia.

Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas case 170102116

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