Plaintiff claims injury in escaping from Darby restaurant fire

By Nicholas Malfitano | Mar 20, 2017

MEDIA – A Delaware woman has sued a Darby restaurant and its ownership and management, claiming they negligently allowed conditions which resulted in a fire, the escape of which caused her severe personal injuries.

Linda Aldridge of Bear, Del. filed suit on March 9 in the Delaware County Court of Common Pleas, versus Crab Tavern, Crab Tavern, Inc. and Anastasios Mitses (individually and doing business as Crab Tavern), all of Darby, plus Degife Barry and Seyifu Ejigayehu, both of Upper Darby.

“On or about March 21, 2015, defendants…allowed an open flame and/or a device which resulted in a fire and/or allowing conditions to exist on the property, which resulted in a fire. On the aforesaid date, while plaintiff [Linda] Aldridge was lawfully a business invitee upon said premises as previously described, she was caused to fall as the result of trying to avoid and/or escape the aforementioned fire, which constituted a dangerous and defective condition, as a result of which she sustained serious injuries,” the complaint reads.

The plaintiff says the defendants caused her to suffer the following injuries in her accident: acute cervical and lumbar strain and sprain, right knee contusion, right knee patella femoral syndrome, left knee contusion, multiple abrasions and contusions, bilateral ankle strain and sprain, post-traumatic stress and anxiety, severe nervous system shock and other injuries.

For charges of negligence, the plaintiff is seeking damages, jointly and severally, in excess of $50,000, plus interest and costs in this matter.

The plaintiff is represented by Jeffrey S. Shorr of Dashevsky Horwitz Kuhn Novello & Shorr, in Philadelphia.

Delaware County Court of Common Pleas case 2017-002398

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