PHILADELPHIA – An Allentown medical firm has opted to discontinue a suit it had filed in error over $11,000 in fees, according to records in the Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas.

On Nov. 3, a notation was entered in the docket for case number 171002989, for Pennsylvania Pain Specialists, P.C. of Allentown to discontinue and end its litigation versus Kwartler Manus, LLC of Philadelphia and Tomasa Natera, also of Allentown.

Pennsylvania Pain Specialists had initially filed suit against the defendants on Oct. 24 – a suit found to be without good faith basis, which led to its later withdrawal from state court.

On or about Sept. 6, 2015, Natera had claimed she was injured when she slipped and fell on the floor of an Auto Zone store in Allentown. Natera later retained attorney David E. Kwartler and his firm, defendant Kwartler Manus, to represent her in a third-party liability claim based on the aforementioned Sept. 6, 2015 incident.

Natera needed medical/chiropractic treatment for the injuries she suffered in the Sept. 6, 2015 incident. That same month, Natera began a 13 month-long course of pain management, multi-disciplinary care and treatment at Pennsylvania Pain Specialists for her incident-related injuries.

The plaintiff claimed to have submitted timely medical records and bills to Kwartler Manus for all the costs involved with Natera’s treatments, which totaled $11,688 as of Oct. 4, 2016.

Later, Natera’s case against Auto Zone was settled for an undisclosed amount, leading the plaintiff to make demands for payment of the aforementioned medical services performed for Natera. The plaintiff had claimed said demands for payment went unheeded, and filed suit. 

However, the plaintiff later realized there was no contract or agreement between the parties, thus leading to the discontinuance and end of the litigation.

The plaintiff was represented by Jeffrey R. Lessin of Jeffrey R. Lessin & Associates, in Philadelphia.

Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas case 171002989

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