Woman sues archdiocese after suffering arm and shoulder injuries in fall at private school

By Nicholas Malfitano | Jan 25, 2019

PHILADELPHIA – A woman who allegedly suffered a broken arm and shoulder at a high school in Northeast Philadelphia after attending a function for her daughter, a student there, has filed a negligence lawsuit against the school through the local archdiocese.

Frances Kelly and Anthony Kelly of North Wales filed suit in the Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas on Jan. 9 versus The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Philadelphia (doing educational business as “St. Hubert’s High School For Girls”) of Philadelphia.

On Oct. 18, 2016, Frances was leaving a student function for her daughter at the school, exited through the doors and was walking with her grandchildren on Ditman Street when her foot made contact with a defectively-placed sidewalk slab, which caused her to tumble to the pavement and suffer serious injuries, the suit claims.

Per the plaintiffs, the school failed to inspect, repair, illuminate or barricade the sidewalk, leading her to fall and suffer a comminuted fracture of the left ulnar styloid, superspinatus impingement of her left shoulder, contusions and abrasions to her left arm and knees, headaches, pain and limitation of motion in the left upper extremity, orthotic, neurological and internal injuries.

For counts of negligence and loss of consortium, the plaintiffs are seeking damages in excess of $50,000.

The plaintiffs are represented by Robert Land of the Law Office of David M. Offen, in Philadelphia.

The defendant is represented by Nicholas M. Centrella and Joseph Z. Swist of Conrad O’Brien, also in Philadelphia.

Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas case 181002193

From the Pennsylvania Record: Reach Courts Reporter Nicholas Malfitano at nick.malfitano@therecordinc.com

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