An Allentown, PA man recently sued a Michigan foreclosure firm alleging negligence in 2014, according to The Pennsylvania Record.
Rene Rodriguez filed a lawsuit on April 24, 2015 against Five Brothers Inc. of Warren, Mich., in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, claiming personal injury.
The defendant provides hands-on foreclosure services, entering foreclosed properties to remove personal belongings on behalf of mortgage holders and/or financial institutions.
According to court documents, when the defendant entered a residence at 320 North Law St. in Allentown, it found live firearms ammunition. It disposed of the material in trash bags, and placed the bags on the street for collection by the town’s waste management department.
The suit states that Rodriguez, who lived next door, took some of the bags to search for scrap metal. When he attempted to melt the discarded items for scrap on or about Nov. 14, 2014, the ammunition exploded and sprayed metal fragments into his face.
Alleging severe and permanent injuries including blindness in one eye, diminished or lost hearing, multiple shrapnel wounds, and medical expenses, Rodriguez cites the defendant with liability, negligence, failure to dispose of hazardous waste properly and provide warning.
Additionally citing physical and emotional pain and suffering; past and future economic loss, wages and benefits; loss of enjoyment of life; loss of reputation; embarrassment, humiliation, and depression, he seeks compensatory and punitive damages in excess of $150,000, attorneys’ fees, and court costs.