PITTSBURGH — A woman is suing Allegheny County and Allegheny Parks Department, claiming negligence, after she allegedly tripped and fell while trying to retrieve a Frisbee from a storm drain.
Elizabeth A. Vandergraft filed a complaint Sept. 4 in the Allegheny County Courts of Common Pleas against the defendants alleging that they negligently maintained the park's premises in a hazardous and dangerous condition.
According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that on July 26, 2017, she was at Deer Lake Parks. While retrieving a Frisbee form a storm drain, she allegedly lost her balance due to an inconspicuous hole.
Vandergraft, who has multiple sclerosis, allegedly broke her foot and suffered other injuries. She claims the fall worsened her MS symptoms. The plaintiff holds Allegheny County and Allegheny Parks Department responsible because the defendants allegedly failed to regularly inspect the park's premises for defects, failed to make it safe and failed to cordon off the area of otherwise prevent guests from traversing a defective and unsafe area.
The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks judgment against each and every defendant in an amount exceeding the jurisdictional limits of the court, with interest, costs and all other relief that are proper and just. She is represented by Paul G. Mayer Jr. and Ian M. Watt of Friday & Cox in Pittsburgh.