Man alleges knee injuries are result of leaky hydraulic parking lift

By Nicholas Malfitano | Jan 4, 2018

PITTSBURGH – A local couple alleging the husband suffered severe injuries in a hydraulic lift accident have initiated legal action versus a number of corporate and personal entities they believe are responsible.

Rasheed Baskins and Kimberly Baskins of Pittsburgh filed suit in the Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas on Dec. 28 versus Millcraft Industries, Inc. of Washington, River Vue Associates, L.P., McDonald Equipment, Inc. (doing business as “McDonald Equipment”), Robert and Debra Rosenwald, all of Pittsburgh, Harding Steel, Inc. of Denver. and F&E Services, Inc., of Kearny and West Fairfield, N.J.

On or about Jan. 21, 2016, at the inside parking garage at the River Vue property, the suit alleges a hydraulic parking lift had leaked its fluid onto the parking ramp, thereby creating a dangerous condition – one the lawsuit contends the defendants failed to inspect, maintain, remedy or warn of.

At the same date and time, the plaintiff, while in the course of his employment with K-7 Parking, was attempting to exit a vehicle, just after having parked one for a customer, the suit says. 

Rasheed then allegedly stepped onto the ramp of the hydraulic lift with his left leg, when he slipped, leaving his right leg in the vehicle. This slip caused the plaintiff’s legs to split, causing his right knee to twist and resulting in a severe injury to his right knee, in the form of a right knee anterior cruciate ligament tear and a right knee medial meniscus tear, the suit says.

For 22 separate counts against the defendants, including multiple counts of negligence, negligence per se, negligent hiring, loss of consortium, strict liability, the plaintiffs are seeking compensatory damages in excess of $35,000, in addition to a trial by jury.

The plaintiffs are represented by Marvin Abrams of Allegheny Law Group, in Pittsburgh.

Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas case GD-17-017795

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