Injured customer says Old Forge auto repair garage didn't provide safe premises

By Nicholas Malfitano | Aug 15, 2017

SCRANTON – A Scranton man allegedly injured after a fall into a mechanic’s garage bay is suing the owner-company of the garage for negligence in not maintaining safe premises.

Allan Pisarz of Scranton filed suit in the Lackawanna County Court of Common Pleas on May 11 versus Jack Williams Tire Co., Inc., of Avoca.

Per the lawsuit, the defendant owned and maintained a garage in Old Forge. On June 9, 2016, Pisarz was on the premises as a business invitee of the defendant.

Pisarz claims an employee of the defendant instructed him to walk into one of the open bays to locate a representative of the garage, when without warning, he stepped into a six-to-seven foot-deep “pit” and violently fell to the bottom, suffering serious injuries in the process.

The plaintiff alleges the defendant failed to maintain the premises safely, among other charges.

Pisarz alleges he sustained severe and permanent injuries, including left shoulder and arm, comminuted displaced fracture of the proximal humerus on the left side, hospitalization, surgical procedure known as an “open reduction internal fixation of the left proximal humerus fracture”, permanent scarring, permanent limitation of use of arm, residual pain, severe pain and suffering and shock to plaintiff’s nerves and nervous system.

For a single count of negligence, the plaintiff is seeking in excess of the mandatory arbitration jurisdictional limits of the Court, in this matter.

The plaintiff is represented by Ryan P. Campbell and Howard A. Rothenberg of Howard Rothenberg & Associates, in Scranton.

Lackawanna County Court of Common Pleas case 17-CV-2846

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