Woman says local church, transportation agencies and City of Philadelphia responsible for her accident injuries

By Nicholas Malfitano | Jun 23, 2017

PHILADELPHIA – A Philadelphia woman claims a local church, the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) and the City of Philadelphia collectively committed negligence, which led to injuries she sustained in an accident last year.

Paula Berry filed suit in the Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas on June 13 versus Holy Cross Baptist Church, SEPTA and the City, all of Philadelphia.

“For several years prior to Sept. 9, 2016, the curb and/or sidewalk on the accident property, at or about the posted SEPTA bus stop sign, deteriorated and the street surface became altered, dipping and creeping up over the curb onto the sidewalk, creating a dangerous and defective condition which all defendants knew of and allowed to exist,” the lawsuit says.

On Sept. 9, 2016, Berry was a passenger on defendant SEPTA’s bus and was exiting at defendant SEPTA’s designated bus stop on the accident property when, as a result of all defendants’ carelessness and negligence, she suffered serious personal injuries at the aforementioned site.

Due to the accident, Berry suffered, among other things, injuries to her left foot and ankle, including a closed fracture of the third and fourth metatarsal of the left foot, and she was otherwise injured, any and all of which may be permanent and of which have caused or will continue to cause her great pain and suffering.

For a single count of negligence against all defendants, the plaintiff is seeking damages, jointly and severally, for a sum not in excess of $50,000, plus interest costs and delay damages in this matter.

The plaintiff is represented by Gardenia L. Brooman of Verlin & Brooman, in Bala Cynwyd.

Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas case 170601276

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

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