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Woman who hit tree stump in golf cart sues Panorama course

Federal Court

By Charmaine Little | Aug 16, 2019


SCRANTON – A Florida woman alleges a tree stump at a Susquehanna County golf course that she struck while operating a golf cart was hidden by overgrown vegetation. 

Virginia and Edward Burke filed a lawsuit July 31 in U.S District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania against Panorama Inc. over allegations of negligence.

The suit states Virginia Burke was driving a motorized golf cart at Panorama on July 20, 2018. As she neared the 15th hole, she alleges she was “forced to and required to swerve to avoid unsafe potholes and/or ruts located within and on the said golf cart path and was consequently forced/required to maneuver the golf cart to the outer edge areas of the golf cart path."

Virginia Burke alleges she hit a large tree stump that was hidden by overgrown vegetation, causing her left hand and left lower arms to twist and snap. She was taken to Geisinger Community Medical Center in an ambulance and had surgery on her left upper extremity to help with her fractures, the suit states. She alleges she was put into a cast and an immobilizing split and will still need more care.

The plaintiffs allege the defendant failed to warn, advise or inform them of the premises’ dangerous conditions in an appropriate and timely fashion.

Virginia Burke alleges she’s suffered past present and future pain and suffering, emotional distress, mental anguish, medical expenses, future disfigurement, scarring and/or loss of life’s pleasures.

Edward Burke also sued over allegations of loss of consortium.

The Burkes are represented by John R. Lenahan Jr. of Lenahan & Dempsey in Scranton.

U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania case number 3:19-cv-01330

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