Late last month, a Philadelphia man who was injured when a Comcast Cable truck slammed into the back of the bus he was riding on filed suit against the truck’s driver, the cable service provider and its affiliates.
The personal injury lawsuit charges the defendants with accuses the defendants with carelessness, negligence and recklessness because of the way the vehicle was being operated. Under the legal doctrine of respondeat superior an employer can be held responsible for the negligent behavior of employees.
The accident occurred in Philadelphia on Feb. 28, 2011 as the man was a passenger on a Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority bus. According to the lawsuit, the Comcast truck was speeding before it crashed into the bus, causing injuries to the man.
The lawsuit states that as a result of the incident, the Philadelphia man suffered many injuries, including lower back and left knee injuries, post-traumatic anxiety and shock.
The lawsuit also states that the man has had to pay for medical treatment resulting from the injuries and he has lost income after the accident left him unable to properly perform his job.
The specific amount of damages sought has not been reported, but the amount is greater than $50,000, which is the limit for arbitration in the state courts.
It’s important to remember that personal injury lawsuits like this must be filed within a certain time frame after an accident occurs. In Pennsylvania, personal injury actions must be filed within two years of the date the injury occurred. Note: The statute of limitations can be extended in certain circumstances.
Source: The Pennsylvania Record, “Comcast hit with injury claim stemming from motor vehicle accident,” Jon Campisi, Oct. 1, 2012