Pennsburg contractor allegedly injured by set of temporary stairs files suit for damages

By Nicholas Malfitano | Nov 13, 2017

PHILADELPHIA – A contractor severely injured in a collapse at a Collegeville residence serving as his work site, has begun litigation against the companies responsible for securing the site as safe for all personnel on hand.

Joseph Cummons and Eileen Cummons of Pennsburg filed suit in the Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas on Nov. 1 versus Global Drywall, Inc. of Conshohocken, De La Rosa Drywall (doing business as “De La Rosa Construction”) of Lansdale and Megeko, Inc. of Pennsville.

“On or about Nov. 28, 2016, Cummons, while in the course and scope of his employment, was seriously injured when a set of temporary stairs leading from the home to the garage of one of the residential units as The Preserve at Providence collapsed underneath him due to the negligence and carelessness of the defendants, jointly and/or severally. At the time of this incident and unbeknownst to Cummons, the set of temporary steps were improperly constructed and/or not properly secured or anchored to the home, causing them to topple over and/or collapse when Cummons attempted to traverse them,” the suit states.

Cummons claims to have suffered a full quadriceps tendon rupture with associated medial and lateral retinacular tears; medial and lateral meniscal tears; partial thickness tear of the left distal suprastinus insertion; possible labral tear in the left anterior compartment; sprain of the left rotator cuff; impingement syndrome of the left shoulder region; lacerations and contusions to various parts of the body; permanent scarring and disfigurement; mental pain and anguish; along with other injuries resulting in physical and mental pain and suffering, all of which are permanent in nature.

The plaintiffs believe the defendants carelessly and negligently failed to secure the set of temporary stairs, removing the anchoring of the stairs prematurely in order to allow for the installation of drywall behind the stairs and failing to recognize and repair the defect, among numerous other charges.

For counts of negligence and loss of consortium against the defendants, the plaintiffs are seeking damages, jointly and severally, in excess of $50,000, plus interest, costs and delay damages.

The plaintiffs are represented by Gregory K. Goebert of Goebert Law, in Malvern.

Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas case 171003915

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