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AMC to pay nearly $3.15 million to woman who fell at Pa. theater

Thursday, February 6, 2020  
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by Julia Hatmaker

AMC to pay nearly $3.15 million to woman who fell at Pa. theater

Mary Hozey wanted to take her sister to a matinee at the AMC theater at Plymouth Meeting in Montgomery County. But her attempt at a nice afternoon out ended in misery after she fell while looking for her seat and fractured her hip.

Now, she’s being awarded nearly $3.15 million by a Philadelphia jury over AMC’s negligence, reports

Hozey’s case was taken to the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas and overseen by Judge Sean Kennedy. The jury found the theater company completely at fault for the incident, which Hozey said was caused by an unlit step. Hozey’s lawyer said that an AMC employee had told Hozey after she had fallen that she wasn’t the first to fall on that step -- and other guests told her that six people had also fallen in the same spot.

Hozey’s lawyer also argued that AMC violated its policy of not taking a photo of the area where the fall happened until three days after the incident.

AMC argued that Hozey was aware of the step, having been to the theater before, and that the step was properly illuminated with white plastic lighting strips and also from above.

Hozey had to undergo six surgeries as a result of the hip injury and has been hospitalized seven times because of it.

Hozey was represented by Franklin Strokoff with The Rothenberg Law Firm.

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