Woman alleges borough, county YMCA at fault in negligence-related fall case

By Nicholas Malfitano | Feb 10, 2017

LANCASTER – A woman has initiated legal action against a municipal borough and a division of the YMCA covering two Pennsylvania counties, for negligence-related injuries she says she sustained in a fall near a swimming pool owned and maintained by those entities.

Cynthia Hiatt of Adamstown filed suit on Jan. 17 in the Lancaster County Court of Common Pleas, against the Borough of Adamstown and the YMCA of Reading and Berks County, located in Adamstown and Reading, respectively.

Per Hiatt’s lawsuit, the Borough owned the Adamstown Community Swimming Pool property, including the sidewalk and the pool deck, while the YMCA maintained it. Hiatt was a member of the community swimming pool.

“On or about Aug. 1, 2016, at approximately 1:40 p.m., Hiatt permissively walked across the deck in order to gain access to the pool’s lost and found container when she slipped and fell in mud that had accumulated by runoff from the new sidewalk construction. The mud was disguised by the color of the pool deck and the water puddle on top of it,” the suit says.

Hiatt believes the defendants’ collective negligence in not repairing this dangerous and defective condition caused her accident, and she also claimed to have sustained injuries, damages, losses, right wrist fractures (requiring surgery), injuries and pain, other injuries, scarring and disfigurement, pain and embarrassment.

For individual counts of negligence against each defendant, the plaintiff is seeking damages in excess of $50,000, plus interest, costs and other relief.

The plaintiff is represented by Chad E. Rankin of Rankin & Gregory, in Lancaster.

Lancaster County Court of Common Pleas case 17-00293

From the Pennsylvania Record: Reach Courts Reporter Nicholas Malfitano at nickpennrecord@gmail.com

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