PHILADELPHIA – A young woman who suffered knee injuries from a medicine ball thrown in her direction, along with her mother, have initiated legal action against a Center City fitness location, the setting of the accident.

Detra Footman (represented by her mother and natural guardian, Denise Blocker) of Philadelphia filed suit in the Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas on Aug. 22 versus 3890 North 10th Street, Inc. (doing business as “The Lenfest Center”), of Wayne.

Footman is a minor living with Blocker and on Oct. 17, 2014, she was at The Lenfest Center and was walking through the fitness room with two friends, when a young man followed her into the room and threw a medicine ball that struck the plaintiff, causing her to fall and sustain a number of injuries.

Footman and Block believe the defendant’s negligence failed to adequately supervise and control the children at their facility, failed to maintain safe premises and failed to stop the young man from throwing the medicine ball at Footman, among other charges.

In the accident, Footman suffered a left knee injury and chronic patella femoral pain, aggravation and instigation of pre-existing conditions.

For negligence, the plaintiffs are seeking damages not in excess of $50,000.

The plaintiffs are represented by Jonathan D. Marx of Kaplun Marx, in Bala Cynwyd.

Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas case 170802069

From the Pennsylvania Record: Reach Courts Reporter Nicholas Malfitano at

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