NEW FAIRFIELD — Pre-trial conference and jury selection events are scheduled for next year in a local man’s lawsuit case against the town over “negligent and careless” roadway maintenance.

Benjamin Marino filed a civil lawsuit Oct. 31 against the town of New Fairfield, state Department of Transportation and Oakville-based Cocchiola Paving, accusing them of failing to maintain and ensure the safety of Merlin Avenue.

A pre-trial conference has been scheduled for Feb. 21, 2021, followed by jury selection on May 18. The lawsuit is being heard at state Superior Court in Danbury.

Marino is suing for thousands of dollars after claiming to have injured his hands, wrist, arm and knee after falling while jogging near 22 Merlin Ave. in November 2017. He says the accident occurred because of “the dangerous and defective condition” of the roadway.

In his complaint, Marino said the “uneven and deteriorating” roadway near a storm drain — which has since been paved — was “in a state of disrepair so that it rendered pedestrian traffic hazardous and dangerous.”

He is suing the town of New Fairfield and state Department of Transportation because he says they “negligently caused the accident.”

Cocchiola Paving is one of the defendants because, Marino states, like the town and state Department of Transportation, the corporation “owned, controlled, possessed, managed and/or maintained the premises/road and storm drain.”

Marino lists several ways in which the defendants were negligent and careless, including that “the uneven and raised condition had existed for an unreasonable period of time, yet no measures had been taken to remedy and correct” it.

Marino, who is being represented by the Hartford-based attorney Frank Joseph McCoy Jr., is seeking at least $15,000 in damages to cover medical expenses for the treatment of “multiple contusions, fractures, cuts and muscle spasms,” as well as lost wages, according to the lawsuit.

The town of New Fairfield is being represented by the Waterbury-based attorney John A. Blazi, the transportation department is being represented by Shelton-based attorney Colleen D. Fries, and Cocchiola Paving is being represented by Hartford-based attorney Brendan T. Cahill, according to court documents.