Arbitration hearing upcoming for woman who allegedly suffered spinal injuries in fall at H&M store

By Nicholas Malfitano | Apr 10, 2019


PHILADELPHIA – An arbitration hearing has been slated in the case of an H&M customer who allegedly suffered spinal injuries in an accident at their Upper Darby store location and sued the retailer in a Philadelphia court.

On Jan. 4, Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas Judge John M. Younge scheduled that hearing in the Arbitration Center at 1880 JFK Blvd. on March 27, 2019 but a later-filed continuance on the part of the plaintiff’s counsel led the hearing to be pushed back two weeks, to April 10.

Markeisha Manigault of Philadelphia first filed suit in the Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas on Feb. 22 versus H&M (also known as “Hennes & Mauritz”), also of Philadelphia.

On Oct. 8, 2016, Manigault was a customer inside the H&M store in Upper Draby, when after entering the property, she was allegedly caused to fall on a wet surface not covered by a floor mat or anti-slip devices found at the entrance.

This incident is said to have resulted from an alleged negligence in allowing that condition to exist, failing to warn customers of the dangerous condition and failing to ensure a safe walking environment for customers, among other charges.

According to the lawsuit, Manigault incurred injuries to various body parts, including to her spine and right side; pain and suffering; loss and enjoyment of life’s pleasures; financial losses, including medical expenses; other injuries and damages suffered as a result of the incident, which occurred on Oct. 8, 2016.

For a count of negligence, the plaintiff is seeking damages not in excess of $50,000.

The plaintiff is represented by Peter J. McNamara in Philadelphia.

The defendant is represented by Courtney B. Schulnick of Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin, also in Philadelphia.

Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas case 180202122

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

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