Unburied cable caused Charter customer to trip, suit claims

Kelly Holleran Sep. 23, 2009, 7:17am

A St. Clair County woman claims a cable company left a cable sticking out above the ground at her home, which she tripped over.

Phyllis C. Brown filed a lawsuit Sept. 14 in St. Clair County Circuit Court against Charter Communications Entertainment.

Brown claims Charter installed a cable at her home sometime before Sept. 11, 2005.

On Sept. 11, 2005, Brown was walking across her premises when she tripped on the cable that was left above ground, according to the complaint.

Because of her trip, Brown was made sick, sore, lame, disordered and disabled; suffered extensive injuries to her shoulders, knees and legs; and incurred medical costs, the suit states. In addition, she suffered disability and severe emotional damage, sustained pain and suffering and lost wages, the complaint says.

She blames Charter for failing to bury the cable and for failing to hire an employee to bury the cable in a timely manner.

In the two-count complaint, Brown is seeking a judgment of more than $100,000, plus costs.

David C. Nelson of Nelson and Nelson in Belleville will be representing her.

St. Clair County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-485.

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