Man claims he slipped and fell on faulty step in a Starbucks

By Philip Gonzales | Nov 27, 2018

PHILADELPHIA — A husband and wife are suing Starbucks Corp., citing alleged negligence and premises liability.

Jeffrey Fadellin and Rita Fadellin filed a complaint recently in the Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas against Starbucks Corp., alleging the restaurant operator negligently allowed its premises to remain in a dangerous condition for a sufficient period of time. The defendant removed the case to Philadelphia federal court on Nov. 13.

According to the complaint, the plaintiffs allege that, in Oct. 30, 2016, Jeffrey Fadellin was descending the staircase at defendant's commercial property when he stumbled and fell down the stairs. He sustained bilateral shoulder injuries requiring surgery on both shoulders and was caused to suffer lost income, mental anguish and medical expenses, the suit says. 

The plaintiffs hold Starbucks Corp. responsible because the defendant allegedly failed to make reasonable inspections to discover the deteriorated and unattached tread covering, and failed to repair the defective condition.

The plaintiffs request a trial by jury and seek damages of more than $50,000, plus interest, costs and damages for delay. They are represented by Gardenia Brooman of Verlin & Brooman LLC in Bala Cynwyd.

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