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Meagan Petry, an Absecon woman who endured 21 surgeries following a six-story fall at her college dorm in Georgia, speaks Thursday during a news conference at the law office of Paul D'Amato in Egg Harbor Township.

Vernon Ogrodnek

A lawsuit filed by an Absecon resident who suffered severe injuries in a fall in Savannah, Ga., six years ago is set to go to court there in May.

Meagan Petry was moving out of her dorm at Savannah College of Art and Design in 2008 when she she grabbed on to a railing and it gave way. She fell nearly six stories, suffering several broken limbs and other injuries.

“Obviously we can’t give Meagan six years of her life back that’s been taken away from her,” said her father, Rich Petry. “We’re just hoping for some justice.”

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Named in the suit is Savannah College of Art and Design. The case will be heard May 12, Petry said.

Petry said his daughter is seeking damages related to medical expenses and pain and suffering, but did not disclose a figure. He said her medical costs have totaled more than $1 million since 2008, and the family has had to make alterations to accommodate her needs.

Meagan Petry will be represented by Linwood-based attorney Paul D’Amato. Rich Petry said his daughter was advised by D’Amato not to speak until after the case, and D’Amato was not available at his office.

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Senior copy editor for the Press of Atlantic City. Have worked as a reporter, copy editor and news editor with the paper since 1985. A graduate of the University of Delaware.

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