Injured roller hockey player sues opponent in Delco court

By Philip Gonzales | Nov 12, 2018

MEDIA — A hockey player is suing Stephen J. DeFuso, his opponent, citing alleged negligence, carelessness and recklessness.

Michael Langdale filed a complaint on Nov. 1 in the Delaware County Court of Common Pleas against DeFuso, alleging he opponent failed to play the sport in a controlled manner.

According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that on Jan. 16, 2017, he was a participating in a roller hockey game with his team at the Maple Sports Arena when suddenly and without warning, defendant struck him in his right arm with a hockey stick. 

He allegedly sustained a compound fracture to the right forearm that required multiple surgeries and insertion of plates and screws. The plaintiff holds DeFuso responsible because the defendant allegedly negligently disregarded the safety and rights of plaintiff and other players around the skating rink and recklessly used excessive force during a game.

The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks judgment against defendant in an amount greater than $50,000, plus delay damages, costs and fees. He is represented by Alfred Altopiedi and Donna Casasanto of Alfred V. Altopiedi PC in Springfield.

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