Lawsuit: Negligent maintenance of defective stairway leads to plaintiff's injuries at her own residence

By Nicholas Malfitano | Feb 13, 2018

PITTSBURGH – A local tenant has initiated legal action against her landlord, for severe injuries she claims to have suffered as a result of a dangerously defective stairway entrance nearly two years ago.

Carole Sullivan of Pittsburgh filed suit in the Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas on Feb. 7 versus Michael Spik, also of Pittsburgh.

Per the litigation, Sullivan was on her own property in Pittsburgh on Feb. 16, 2016, when she was caused to fall as a result of a defective and dangerous condition on the stairway entrance.

“Specifically, defendant allowed the stairs to exist in a state of disrepair that created a tripping hazard for an unreasonable period of time prior to Feb. 16, 2016. As a result of the subject incident, plaintiff suffered serious and permanent personal injuries, serious impairments of body functions and/or aggravation of pre-existing conditions, including, but not limited to: Aggravation of prior lumbar spine surgery, lumbar sprain/strain and lumbar spine injury,” the suit states.

Sullivan charges Spik with failure to maintain the stairway entrance of the property in a safe and reasonable state of repair, failure to inspect the stairway entrance to ensure it was maintained in a safe and reasonable state of repair and negligence per se, among other charges.

For a lone count of negligence, the plaintiff is seeking compensatory damages in in excess of $35,000, plus interest, costs and such other relief as the Court deems just and appropriate.

The plaintiffs are represented by Jeffrey F. Parker of Lowenthal & Abrams, in Bala Cynwyd.

Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas case GD-18-001830

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