School District 189 sued for pregnant mother's slip on ice

Ann Knef Jan. 22, 2008, 7:49am

A pregnant mother and her son are suing East St. Louis School District 189 for injuries they sustained last month on a walkway leading to Hawthorne Elementary School.

According to a suit filed Jan. 17 in St. Clair County Circuit Court, Deborah Hale slipped and fell on a patch of ice while escorting her son, Javion Spearman, to school. Both claim injuries from falling.

The two-count suit claims the incident took place Dec. 10, 2007, at the school located at 1600 N. 40th St. in East St. Louis.

Hale, who was six months pregnant at the time of the incident, claims injuries to her leg, back, neck and side.

"As a direct and proximate result of the aforesaid negligence of Defendant, Plaintiff suffered fear, anxiety, embarrassment and pain and suffering," the complaint states.

Hale claims she incurred expenses from treating physicians, nurses, surgeons and therapists. She also claims lost wages.

Represented by Keith A. Sullivan of Sauter Sullivan in St. Louis, Hale claims the defendant failed to properly eliminate the ice and/or other slick substances and failed to barricade or divert people away from the area.

The suit also alleges that claim notices were mailed to the defendant on Dec. 17, 2007, "and Defendant has failed and refused to provide a response."

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