Two Separate Illinois Premises Liability Lawsuits Involving Fall Accidents Get Ready to Go to Trial
Two separate Illinois personal injury lawsuits involving fall accidents caused by hazards on premises are scheduled to go to trial next week. In one case, Mattie Walker-Bennett had sued the City of Alton, its public works department, American Waterworks Service Company, Illinois Water Company, the owner of Central Rivers Construction, and several individuals for injuries she sustained during a 2006 slip and fall accident on a broken sidewalk.
Per her Illinois premises liability lawsuit, Walker-Bennett says she fell in Alton on Alby Street while walking in front of the home of Donna and Jerry Cannon, who are also defendants in the lawsuit. Her complaint contends that the sidewalk was not properly maintained and that a water meter was one reason the ground was in disrepair.
The plaintiff says she sustained permanent ankle and foot injuries and experienced pain, anxiety, stress, humiliation, embarrassment, and income loss because of the fall accident. She also contends that her ability to work was diminished.
Walker-Bennett has already settled her claims against the Cannons and the city of Alton Harold Garrison and American Waterworks are no longer part of the lawsuit. She is seeking at least $50,000 in damages.
In another premises liability trial scheduled to resume next week, Michael Strong is suing Walter Haire and the Walter Haire Living Trust for his fall injuries, pain, suffering, mental trauma, lost income, and medical expenses. Strong says he fell off the deck of a home he was visiting in Edwardsville. He contends that the defendants failed to warn of the hazard, did not properly maintain the deck, and failed to maintain the faulty railing.
Injuries from fall accidents can be extremely painful and can result in broken bones, dislocated or broken hips, traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, and death. A person that is seriously injured in a fall accident may require surgery, supervised care, and rehabilitation services. He or she may not be able to work, drive, go to school, or completely many routine tasks without assistance. All of this can be very costly, which is why it is important to find out if you have grounds for filing a Chicago injury lawsuit against a liable party.
Alton broken sidewalk case goes to trial Monday, Madison Record, September 10, 2009
Edwardsville deck fall case goes to trial Monday, The Record, September 10, 2009
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