CLEARWATER — A Pinellas County woman is suing Clearwater, and Verizon, alleging negligence caused her to fall and suffer injuries.

Gloria Devine filed a complaint Oct. 19 in Pinellas County Circuit Court against the city of Clearwater and Verizon Communications Inc., alleging they failed to follow applicable safety guidelines and regulations.

According to the complaint, on Oct. 23, 2013, Devine was on the property operated and managed by the defendants at1145 La Salle St., Clearwater. The suit says Devine tripped and fell on a hole in the ground. As a result of the negligence of the defendants, Devine says she suffered bodily injury and resulting pain, plus disability, disfigurement, mental anguish, medical expenses, aggravation of a pre-existing condition and loss of earnings. 

The plaintiff alleges Clearwater and Verizon failed to implement reasonable inspection of the property, failed to maintain the property in a safe condition, and failed to warn Devine of the existence of the dangerous condition.

Devine seeks trial by jury, damages of at least $15,000, plus court costs, pre-and post-judgment interest, and all other relief to which plaintiff is entitled. She is represented by attorneys Paul Puzzanghera, Crystal L. Sebago and Kendrick J. Blackwell of Puzzanghera Law Offices PA in St Petersburg.

Pinellas County Circuit Court case number 17-C-6296

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