Man sues Scranton Diocese after allegedly falling on Sacred Heart steps

By Nicholas Malfitano | Aug 2, 2017

SCRANTON – A Forest City plaintiff alleges the Diocese of Scranton was directly negligent for conditions on the property of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Forest City, where the plaintiff suffered injuries in an accident.

Robert Lesjack filed suit in the Lackawanna County Court of Common Pleas on May 8 versus the Diocese of Scranton, based in the city of the same name.

“On Aug. 16, 2015, at or around 2:45 p.m., plaintiff [Robert] Lesjack was lawfully walking on defendant’s property/premises at 612 Hudson Street, Forest City, PA 19421. On the aforesaid date and time, plaintiff was walking outside defendant’s property/premises, when suddenly and without warning, plaintiff was caused to slip and fall on steps and exposed rebar,” the lawsuit states.

In the process, Lesjack says he sustained serious injuries and impairments to his right hand, right wrist, neck, back and other parts of his body. Lesjack charges the Diocese had the duty to maintain the safety of the church premises and had knowledge of the unsafe condition, but failed to correct it before Lesjack’s accident.

For a lone count of negligence against the Diocese, the plaintiff is seeking damages in excess of $50,000, plus interests, costs, delay damages and other relief the Court may deem appropriate in this matter.

The plaintiff is represented by Jared S. Zafran in Philadelphia.

Lackawanna County Court of Common Pleas case 2017-CV-2808

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