Tri Cities K of C Hall sued by woman whose chair gave out

Kelly Holleran Jun. 29, 2009, 5:51am

A woman says her low back, hips, shoulders, arms, neck, head and teeth were injured after a chair on which she was sitting collapsed.

Mary Krismanich filed a lawsuit June 19 in Madison County Circuit Court against Tri Cities Columbus Home Association, doing business as Knights of Columbus, and Tri Cities Knights of Columbus.

On June 24, 2007, Krismanich sat down on a chair at 4225 Old Alton Rd. in Granite City, also known as the Knights of Columbus Hall, according to the lawsuit.

The chair broke underneath her, causing her to fall to the ground and causing a table to fall on her, the suit states.

"The chair was unstable, broken and not capable of supporting Mary Krismanich's weight, thereby creating a hazardous condition," the complaint says.

In addition to her injuries, Krismanich claims she incurred medical costs and experienced pain, suffering, disability and loss of a normal life.

Tri Cities and Tri Cities Knights of Columbus failed to maintain its property in a reasonably safe manner, failed to warn Krismanich of the unstable chair, failed to inspect the unstable chair and caused the chair to remain broken, according to the complaint.

In the four-count suit, Krismanich is seeking a judgment of more than $300,000, plus costs and other relief the court deems just.
Michael J. Brunton and Mary M. Stewart of Brunton Law Offices in Collinsville will be representing her.

Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-649.

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