Suit against Boy Scouts over amputated leg set for hearing

Amelia Flood May 19, 2011, 7:40am

A couple's suit over the amputation of a man's leg allegedly caused by a falling tree at a Godfrey Boy Scout camp is set for a motion hearing today.

Madison County Circuit Judge David Hylla will hear motions in the case including a motion to compel in the suit filed by plaintiffs John and Brenda Gremli.

The Gremlis are suing the Lewis & Clark Council, Inc., Boy Scouts of America for damages in excess of $150,000 and other relief.

The couple claims that the defendant operated Camp Warren Levis in Godfrey and invited the Gremlis onto the property for camping.

While there on July 22, 2010, the Gremlis allege the Lewis & Clark Council failed to properly inspect and remove dead trees from campsites and failed to maintain the campsites in a safe condition.

As a result, the plaintiffs claim that a dead tree fell on John Gremli while he was sleeping in a tent and caused injuries to his head, back, and legs. The couple claims that the injuries to John Gremli's right leg were so severe that the leg had to be amputated above the knee.
Brenda Gremli, John Gremli's wife is suing on claims under the Illinois Family Expense Act.

The Lewis & Clark Council denies the claims.

The defendant filed a motion to compel directed at the plaintiffs April 27.

In that motion, the defendant alleges it has not received answers from the Gremlis to its discovery requests.

It asks Hylla to order the Gremlis to respond to the requests within 14 days.

Robert Gregory represents the plaintiffs.

James Craney represents the defense.

The case is Madison case number 11-L-021.

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