Funeral home fall trial pushed off

Amelia Flood Apr. 12, 2011, 12:49am


The trial of a slip and fall lawsuit gainst the Paynic Home for Funerals in East Alton has been pushed off.

Madison County Circuit Judge David Hylla signed an order Friday that vacated the April 11 trial date and denied a move by defendants George Paynic and his funeral home that would have dismissed the case brought by plaintiff Pansy Rodgers.

The case's docket sheet did not indicate Monday that a new trial date has been set.

The suit is set for a case management conference later this month.

Rodgers is seeking damages in excess of $50,000 for injuries she claims to have suffered while visiting the funeral home in January 2008.

Rodgers alleges that the defendants did not provide a safe walkway and entrance to the funeral home.

As the result of that negligence, Rodgers claims she fell and was injured.

The defendants had asked Hylla to dismiss the suit citing the plaintiff's lack of production during discovery.

They also claimed that Rodgers did not comply with court orders that mandated she turn over documents in the discovery process.

Joseph Reames represents Rodgers.

Martin Morrissey represents the defendants.

The case was formerly assigned to Madison County Circuit Judge William Mudge.

The case is Madison case number 09-L-1419.

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