Wilkes-Barre mother sues city after daughter injured at park

By Patrick Kernan - [email protected]
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WILKES-BARRE — A Wilkes-Barre woman is alleging her daughter was injured at a city park when an exposed bar sticking out of the ground dug into the girl’s foot.

Cathanne Williams and her daughter were at a city-operated playground in a park at the corner of East Maple and North Washington streets, called the Madison/Flood Park, on Oct. 24, 2017, according to her lawsuit against the city.

That’s when the girl caught her foot on a rusty metal rod protruding from the ground, according to the civil filing by Williams’ attorney, Peter J. Biscontini of Wilkes-Barre.

The suit says the girl, who is not identified in court papers, did not see the bar before her foot was injured.

As a result of the incident, the girl suffered a “complex laceration” to her right foot plus the rod scraped a bone, the lawsuit claims.

The injury allegedly left her with an altered gait and with “restrictions on mobility,” along with numbness in her foot extending into her toes.

Biscontini writes the city was negligent in not identifying any safety issues in the park and for failing to remove the metal rod from the playground area.

The suit says the girl’s injury is of a continuing nature and will require medical care into the future. Biscontini is seeking an award for his client which the court deems acceptable.

Attempts to reach city attorney Tim Henry were not immediately successful Tuesday afternoon.

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By Patrick Kernan

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Reach Patrick Kernan at 570-991-6386 or on Twitter @PatKernan

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