Granite City woman claims handrail in new home disconnected

Kelly Holleran Mar. 3, 2011, 1:18am


A Granite City woman claims she sustained a fracture after a piece of her handrail disconnected, causing her to tumble down the stairs.

Rebecca Wycoff filed a lawsuit Feb. 18 in Madison County Circuit Court against John Hustedde doing business as J&L Woodworking, TLC Construction and Hunter's Point.

Wycoff claims she fell when part of the handrailing in her new home at 2233 Hunter's Point detached.

Because of her fall, Wycoff experienced pain and suffering, incurred medical costs, lost wages and experienced physical restrictions, in addition to her injuries, according to the complaint.

The defendants, who constructed the handrails and built the house, failed to properly install the handrail, secured the handrail in a negligent fashion and failed to ensure that the railing was secure, the suit states. In addition, they failed to test to ensure the railing was secure, provided a handrail that was not secure and failed to inspect the handrail to ensure its security, the complaint says.

In her three-count complaint, Wycoff seeks a judgment of more than $150,000, plus costs.

W. Michael Gnavi will be representing her.

Madison County Circuit Court case number: 11-L-169.

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