Lawsuit: Unseen pothole on North Versailles property caused plaintiff's injuries

By Nicholas Malfitano | Dec 14, 2017

PITTSBURGH – A local plaintiff has sued a number of entities in connection with severe leg and ankle injuries she says she suffered on the premises of a North Versailles property.

Cynthia A. Cephas of Wilmerding filed suit in the Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas on Dec. 11 versus the Port Authority of Allegheny County in Pittsburgh, JC & J&J Holding, LLC of North Huntingdon, the municipality of North Versailles Township and Allegheny County itself, in Pittsburgh.

The lawsuit states the defendants owned and operated the premises at 1501 Highwood Avenue in North Versailles, which the plaintiff says were poorly-lit and featured an unmarked pothole. The pothole in question caused Cephas to fall and become injured.

As a result, Cephas allegedly suffered a right non-displaced distal fibular fracture; surgical scarring; severe pain to her right ankle; swelling to her right ankle; weakness and stiffness to her right ankle; decreased right ankle strength; bruises, contusions and other injuries.

Cephas argues the defendants negligently constructed and provided for use an unsafe premises, failed to warn visitors of said unsafe premises and other violations.

For negligence, the plaintiff is seeking damages in excess of the jurisdictional limits of compulsory arbitration, plus court costs, interest and such other and further relief as the Court may deem just and equitable, in addition to a jury trial.

The plaintiff is represented by Emerald N. Williams of Woomer & Talarico, in Pittsburgh.

Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas case GD-17-016852

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