Injured tree trimmer claims homeowners allowed sidewalk to shift and crack

Kelly Holleran Aug. 18, 2010, 3:21am

A man claims he sustained injuries to his left shoulder after falling on a cracked East Alton sidewalk.

Keith Robins filed a lawsuit Aug. 11 in Madison County Circuit Court against Larry and Barbara Bruce.

Robins claims he was trimming trees on the Bruces' property at 211 Sixth St. in East Alton for their tenant, Vanita Turcol, on Sept. 10, 2008.

"At said time and place, plaintiff was caused to fall to the ground when he stepped back on to the cracked and in a state of disrepair sidewalk, which had shifted upwards three to four inches," the suit states.

Because of the incident, Robins experienced pain, suffering and disability and incurred medical costs, according to the complaint.

He blames the Bruces for allowing the sidewalk to shift and crack, for failing to reasonably inspect the sidewalk, for failing to provide a level sidewalk and for failing to maintain the sidewalk in a safe condition, the complaint says.

In his four-count complaint, Robins is seeking a judgment of more than $200,000, plus costs.

Lance R. Mallon and Dawna M. Hale of Mallon and Hale in Wood River will be representing him.

Madison County Circuit Court case number: 10-L-835.

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