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Philadelphia Jury Awards Plaintiff $954,000 in Slip and Fall Case

Messa & Associates, P.C. on 3/4/2010

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Philadelphia attorney Joseph L. Messa Jr. of Messa&Associates, P.C., represented Sam Agresta, who was injured in a slip and fall at the Springton Pointe Condominium Association, located in Newtown Square, Pennsylvania. On March 2, 2006, Mr. Agresta fell on the icy common area of the community property in front of his home.

The case was tried in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas, and on March 2, 2010, the jury awarded Agresta $954,000 against the defendants, Springton Pointe Condominium Association and the Wentworth Property Management Corporation. Springton Pointe was responsible for the common element sidewalk where Agresta fell and Wentworth was contracted by the Association to manage the townhome community.    

Agresta had pre-existing spinal stenosis and the fall caused neurologic injury on top of his underlying degenerative condition. As a consequence from the trauma, with his underlying condition, Agresta under went a C3 to C7 cervical laminectomy with instrumented fusion.

There was no wage loss claim and the out-of-pocket medical bills totaled approximately $44,000. Agresta was found 10% negligent; Springton Pointe Condominium association was found 40% at fault while the Wentworth Property Corporation was found 50% at fault. Two other defendants settled out, one before the trial and one after the trial started. The total money with delay damages is approximately $1.1 million.

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  • 10/17/2012 by Bernard Menist

    I was involved in what you call a slip and fall. I was leaving the Hyatt Hotel at Penn’s landing on friday evening, Sept. 7, 2012. I was walking out of the driveway of the hotel, ( no sidewalk for padestrians) I walked to curb heading north and as I lifted my foot to get on the sidewalk, my foot slipped off the curb due to a sever chip (painted black) and fell. AS I fell to down on knees my body kept on going and I put my hand out to stop my fall and the pressure of my body was too great and I suffered a severe dislocation of my right thumb. I was taked to the Penn Hospital and taken care of very well. My thumb was dislocated at the first knuckle and the doctor had to set it. He did a great job. Now I received a letter from Gallagher-Bassett services rep, BRian Niederkrom that after an the Hyatt supposed investiagated the incedent decided they do not have owenership of the curb and the City of Philadelphia owns and maintains that sidewalk,
    I was to told to get an attorney in Philly to help file a claim for my medical expencises and other money I laid out, the Hyatt said that they would not assist me, Therefore I need a attorney up there in Philly.
    I have plenty of information for you to review, everything execpt the accident report from the philadelphia police dept.
    Please, call me at 813-788-0707 or write to me at bernmeni4@tampabay.rr.com
    Evidently Hyatt feels I am a dumb floridian who cant do anything about it.
    I am sure you can help,
    Bernard Menist

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