Woman sues Illinois American after tripping over meter lid

Andrea Dearden Mar. 1, 2011, 10:30am

A woman blames Illinois American Water for allowing one of its meter lids to stick above the ground, allegedly causing her to trip.

Melissa Anderson filed a lawsuit Feb. 18 in Madison County Circuit Court against American Water Works Company doing business as Illinois American Water.

Anderson claims she attempted to cross a sidewalk to enter her car located at 2029 Milan in Madison on May 27 at about 10 p.m. when she tripped on the back edge of a water meter lid.

Because of her trip, Anderson became sick, sore, lame, disordered and disabled and suffered injuries to her head, body, foot and ankle, according to the complaint. In addition, she experienced disability, pain and suffering and incurred medical costs, the suit states.

Anderson blames American Water for causing her to trip, saying it negligently allowed an unsafe condition to exist and failed to warn of the dangerous condition.

In her complaint, Anderson seeks a judgment of more than $50,000, plus costs.

John H. Hustava of Collinsville will be representing her.

Madison County Circuit Court case number: 11-L-161.

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