PITTSBURGH – A McKeesport woman has initiated litigation against a natural gas group whose alleged premises related-negligence led her to suffer a number of injuries, including a broken left leg and ankle.

Jamya Whitsey of McKeesport filed suit in the Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas on Nov. 28 versus Peoples Natural Gas Company, LLC (doing business as “Dominion Peoples”), of Pittsburgh.

According to the litigation, the defendant owned property between North Grandview Avenue and Porter Street in McKeesport, and thus had a duty to keep it safe for use by members of the public.

“On and prior to Jan. 28, 2015, there existed on the real property a dangerous and unsafe hazardous condition, to-wit, the premises contained hills and ridges of ice and snow, several inches in height, created by the defendant’s failure to remove and/or otherwise treat the ice and snow with and/or salt or use anti-skid material on the same, barricade the area and/or give warning of its dangerous condition. As a result, plaintiff’s feet slipped out from under her, causing her to fall and sustain serious and permanent injuries and damages,” the lawsuit states.

At that time, Whitsey entered the premises and was walking in a prudent manner when she encountered ice and snow, which had allegedly accumulated in the area being traversed by the plaintiff, due to neglect and negligence, the suit says. As a result, Whitsey says she suffered a broken left leg, left ankle and other injuries.

According to the plaintiff, the defendants failed to inspect, maintain and correct the dangerous condition of ice and snow on the premises that led to Whitsey’s accident, among other charges.

For negligence, the plaintiff is seeking damages in excess of the Court’s compulsory arbitration limits, in addition to a jury trial.

The plaintiff is represented by Andrew J. Leger Jr. in Pittsburgh.

Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas case GD-17-016061

From the Pennsylvania Record: Reach Courts Reporter Nicholas Malfitano at nickpennrecord@gmail.com

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