Defective hospital gate suit set for case management con

Steve Gonzalez Jun. 21, 2005, 5:38am

Alton Memorial Hospital

A case involving a woman who was allegedly hit in the head by a security gate exiting the cafeteria at Alton Memorial Hospital is scheduled for a case management conference on June 29 at 9 a.m. in Circuit Judge Daniel Stack’s third floor courtroom.

Mary Ann Edelen claims that on May 15, 2004, she was leaving the cafeteria when a security gate struck her in the head with "great force and violence," requiring an immediate visit to the emergency room.

Edelen is represented by Alton attorney Michael Glisson of Williamson, Webster, Falb, & Glisson. Alton Memorial is represented by Lisa Franke of Burroughs, Helper, Broom, MacDonald, Hebrank & True of Edwardsville.

According to the suit, Alton Memorial failed to warn the gate was partially down just prior to the incident and that the gate was being lowered at the time of the incident.

“The defective condition of the exit area was in no way open and obvious to Edelen,” the complaint states.

Edelen claims that as a result of the incident she sustained severe and permanent injuries to her head, back, neck, and shoulders and has suffered great pain and mental anguish, along with medical-related expenses.

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