Museum and hospital entities facing injury-related lawsuit from estate of now-deceased man

By Nicholas Malfitano | May 15, 2018


PHILADELPHIA – An estate administrator is suing a number of educational and medical entities in the City of Philadelphia, claiming their collective negligence in improperly maintaining an dangerous loading dock led a now-deceased man to fall and suffer a number of severe injuries.

William T. Lawson III (Administrator for the Estate of Malcolm Smith) of Philadelphia filed suit in the Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas on April 30 versus The Museum of Nursing History, LaSalle University, Einstein Healthcare Network, The Germantown Hospital and Medical Center and Albert Einstein Medical Center, also all of Philadelphia.

On May 18, 2016, the suit says the defendants maintained an outside area and loading dock located at North Wister Street and West Clarkson Avenue, at LaSalle University’s St. Benilde Tower – one which featured no railing, insufficient lighting and no clear warning of those conditions.

At that time, decedent Smith was walking on the loading dock when he came into contact with the dangerous condition and fell, causing him to sustain severe and full-body physical, orthopedic and neurological injuries.

The plaintiff alleges the defendants had an unmarked drop off/loading bay on a loading dock, failed to warn the public of such a condition on the premises and failed to exercise due care under the circumstances, in addition to other charges.

For counts of negligence against each individual defendant, the plaintiff is seeking damages, individually, jointly and severally, in excess of $50,000.

The plaintiff is represented by Louis B. Himmelstein of Louis B. Himmelstein & Associates, in Philadelphia.

Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas case 180404718

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

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