Panera's owner accused of negligence in icy slip-and-fall

By Philip Gonzales | Mar 6, 2019

CLARKSBURG — A Panera customer is suing an ownership group, citing alleged negligence in a slip-and-fall case that resulted in serious injuries.

Ronald W. Zavolta filed a complaint against Pan Pennsylvania LLC in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia, alleging that the defendant failed to keep the restaurant's exterior walkway surface free from snow and/or ice accumulation. According to the lawsuit, the plaintiff alleges that on Dec. 9, 2016, he was a lawful patron at the defendant's Triadelphia Panera cafe when he slipped, lost balance and fell on the walkway surface at the entrance.

Zavolta suffered serious injuries to his head, neck, back, shoulder and other parts of the body. The plaintiff holds Pan Pennsylvania LLC responsible because the defendant allegedly failed to apply snow/ice melting agents and failed to provide adequate warning of the defective, dangerous and unsafe condition on its premises.

The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks compensatory damages, with interest, costs of this action and such other relief as the court may find necessary. He is represented by Jordan M. Laird and Paul J. Ratcliffe of Zavolta Law Office in Wheeling.

U.S. District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia Case number 5:19-cv-00005-JPB

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