Lawsuit: Pittsburgh restaurant didn't ensure safe premises for customer despite ongoing construction

By Nicholas Malfitano | Dec 7, 2017

PITTSBURGH – A plaintiff injured in a Pittsburgh restaurant has alleged it failed to ensure a premises safe for all of its customers, despite recent on-site construction.

Deborah Edwards of Pittsburgh filed suit in the Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas on Nov. 28 versus Fifth Avenue Blues, LLC (doing business as “Buford’s Kitchen”), corporately based in Warrendale and operated in Pittsburgh.

On Dec. 20, 2015, Edwards was a customer at Buford’s Kitchen when she was injured due to a section of warped floor outside of the restroom area, causing her to sustain an ankle injury, foot sprain, cracked metatarsal and other injuries, she claims.

“A restaurant employee brought the plaintiff ice for her injuries and relayed to the plaintiff that the restaurant was ‘doing work behind the building and it’s [the floor] getting worse. The restaurant employee communicated to the plaintiff that the restaurant was aware of the flooring problem and that the problem was created by the construction that was occurring behind the premises. Upon information and belief, the restaurant was well aware of the problems with the flooring,” the suit states.

According to Edwards, the defendant failed to properly repair the warped floor, warn customers of its condition or make the premises safe for its customers, among other charges.

For negligence, the plaintiff is seeking damages, jointly and severally, for an amount in excess of the applicable arbitration limits, exclusive of interests and costs.

The plaintiff is represented by George M. Kontos and Brittani R. Hassen of Kontos Mengine Law Group, in Pittsburgh.

Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas case GD-17-016211

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