A woman is suing an 18-year-old college student’s estate after she suffered severe injuries when the teen fell on her from an eighth-floor window ledge in Philadelphia last year.
Erica Goodwin, 45, of Lansdowne was left permanently disabled and is unable to return to her job at the state Department of Human Services, her lawyer, Joe Tucker, told Philly.com.
On January 15, 2015, Goodwin was walking on 16th Street when 18-year-old Rebecca Kim fell from the eighth-floor of a building that housed Art Institute of Philadelphia students.
Kim, who was a freshman at Temple University, was at the building to visit a friend when she said she wanted to take photos from the ledge when she either fell or jumped and landed on Goodwin below on the street.
Kim’s death was ruled a suicide by the Philadelphia Medical Examiner’s Office.
The pre-pharmacy student who was originally from Edison, New Jersey, posted to her Facebook account before her death ‘It was intentional.’
Tucker said that Goodwin suffered seven spinal-cord fractures and underwent spinal-fusion surgery.
In addition, she had a fractured shoulder bone, chipped or lost some teeth and had broken ribs from the incident.
Her lawsuit names the administrator of Kim’s estate, the property companies, the Art Institute students who lived in the apartment as well as the Art Institute of Philadelphia.
It was filed Friday in Common Pleas Court and states that she has suffered physically, financially and emotionally.
Goodwin’s lawsuit states that some of the windows in the building were easy to slide open while others were bolted shut.
The defendants ‘were aware or should have been aware that students often opened the windows . . . and would throw objects from the windows or partake in other dangerous and unsafe behaviors,’ the suit says, according to Philly.com.
‘Despite this knowledge, defendants failed to take corrective action to prevent injury to others.’
Kim’s uncle and estate administrator, Richard Sin, filed a similar lawsuit in Common Please Court in December.
His suit argues that the property managers and school failed to properly secure the windows in the building and didn’t take other measures to prevents students and guests from going onto the window ledges.
In December, Kim’s uncle and estate administrator, Richard Sin, filed a similar lawsuit in Common Pleas Court, arguing that the school and the property managers failed to properly secure the windows and take other measures to prevent students and their guests from going onto the window ledges.
This article originally appeared on the Daily Mail.