Coletta lawyers file lawsuit against Harrah's Philadelphia
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Michael F. Barrett, one of Mr. Coletta's attorneys stated following the filing, "It is now clear, and asserted in the Complaint, that the track owners turned a blind eye when it came to track maintenance and they permitted an unreasonably dangerous condition to exist at the exact location where the chain-reaction accident began.”
Mr. Coletta, 31, suffered numerous fractures, brain and skull injuries as a direct result of being thrown from his sulky and then trampled. It was impossible for him to avoid the horse in front of him that stumbled on the defective surface, setting off the horrific accident. The one-time widely acclaimed driver remains hospitalized following several operations and is fully dependent on others for all forms of life care. The full extent of his head, brain, and associated injuries is detailed in the Complaint.
Joseph G. DeAngelo, Mr. Barrett's co-counsel, said the firm's pre-filing investigation disclosed that drivers at the track repeatedly tried to warn the owner-operator of the imminent danger and urgent need for repairs. "They knew there was an unreasonably dangerous condition because horses were routinely losing their footing. There is no question that this was an accident waiting to happen and that corrective actions were not seriously considered until after Mr. Coletta nearly died.”
Coletta's attorneys in January obtained a court order to permit a forensic investigation of the track surface.
Mr. Coletta's parents-guardians, Alfred (who watched what would be Anthony's final race) and Rosemary Coletta, of Hammonton, New Jersey, turned to the Firm on behalf of Anthony and the family to use all legal means necessary to determine what caused the accident, hold those responsible fully accountable for their actions, and ensure that no other drivers and their horses are put at risk.
"We look forward on behalf of Anthony and his family to presenting this case of corporate greed and indifference to a jury,” commented Robert J. Mongeluzzi, of SMBB.
The Complaint, seeking compensatory and punitive damages, names as defendants Caesars Entertainment Corporation, Caesars Entertainment Operating Corporation, Chester Downs and Marina, LLC D/B/A Harrah's Philadelphia Casino & Racetrack Inc., and Harrah's Chester Downs Management Co, LLC