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Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Chemist who allegedly suffered facial and rib injuries in fall at Philly café settles with restaurant

State Court

By Nicholas Malfitano | Sep 16, 2019

PHILADELPHIA – A retired chemist who says he suffered facial injuries and broken ribs at a Philadelphia café has settled the case filed against the establishment.

On Sept. 4, counsel for plaintiff Walter J. Gozdan filed a praecipe to mark the case as settled, discontinued and ended. Terms of the settlement were not revealed.

Gozdan, of Warminster, first filed suit in the Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas on May 22, 2018 versus Mondo Dei Dolci Café, of Philadelphia.

On May 9, 2017, the plaintiff made a first-time visit to a restaurant adjacent to the defendant’s property. In the process, the suit said he traversed the defendant’s parking lot, where he came into contact with uneven and/or significantly-raised sidewalk blocks and/or pavement, thereby suffering bodily and emotional injuries.

Gozdan alleged he suffered multiple facial abrasions and contusions, a right-hand contusion leading to infection, left elbow contusions limiting the use of his left arm, multiple rib contusions with possible fractures, damaged front teeth from falling face-first to the cement ground, anxiety and depression.

The plaintiff claimed the defendants failed to warn its customers of the dangerous condition, failed to notice the uneven, irregular and dangerous sidewalk blocks which caused the plaintiff to fall and failed to remedy same, in addition to other charges.

Prior to settlement and for negligence, the plaintiff was seeking damages not in excess of $50,000, together with such other relief as the Court may deem just and fair.

The plaintiff was represented by David B. Kline and Diane M. Sodano of Ostroff Injury Law, in Plymouth Meeting.

The defendant was represented by Peter D. Bludman of Margolis Edelstein, in Philadelphia.

Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas case 180502258

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