N.J. hotel settles with Pa. family over metal-cut injury allegedly suffered by daughter in swimming pool

By Nicholas Malfitano | Aug 8, 2017

SCRANTON – A New Jersey shore hotel has settled with a family of plaintiffs in Dunmore for injuries allegedly suffered by the daughter and minor-plaintiff after being cut by metal in the defendant’s hotel swimming pool.

John Haggerty and Bridget Haggerty (parents and natural guardians of Maeve Haggerty) of Dunmore filed suit in the Lackawanna County Court of Common Pleas on July 12 versus Valley Forge Group (doing business as “The Golden Inn”), of Avalon, N.J.

The Haggertys initiated legal action against Valley Forge Group, based on an incident which took place at The Golden Inn in Avalon just over three years ago, on July 2, 2014. According to the complaint, the plaintiffs’ daughter Maeve, then seven years old, was swimming in the hotel pool when she stepped on a piece of metal in the uncovered pool filter.

Maeve sustained a cut to her foot, which she was treated for in the emergency room at Cape May County Hospital. Liberty Mutual, the defendant’s liability carrier, agreed to compensate Maeve for her pain and suffering, in the amount of $567.00. The settlement is comprised of $500.00 to be paid to Maeve and $67.00 for the case’s filing fee, an amount which the plaintiffs agreed to.

Further, the plaintiffs agreed that the $500.00 to be paid to Maeve will be deposited into a money market account, CD or other interest-bearing savings account, along with a provision that no withdrawal can be made from the account until Maeve reaches the age of 18.

The plaintiffs are represented by J. Timothy Hinton, Jr. of Haggerty Hinton & Cosgrove, in Scranton.

Lackawanna County Court of Common Pleas case 17-CV-3866

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

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