Plaintiff given more time to serve QuikTrip in deaf woman's personal injury case

Amelia Flood Jun. 3, 2011, 8:23am

A legally deaf woman representing herself in a re-filed personal injury suit against QuikTrip Corporation has been given more time to serve the company and find a new attorney.

Madison County Circuit Judge Dennis Ruth continued a hearing on a move by QuikTrip to quash the service of Lois Nelson's suit as improper.

The new hearing date on the matter is set July 29 at 9 a.m.

The move is to allow Nelson, a legally deaf woman currently representing herself, to find a new attorney and to properly serve the defendant.

Nelson re-filed her personal injury suit against QuikTrip earlier this year after attempting to have a previous 2007 suit on the same claims reinstated.

Nelson alleges that she broke her leg after she had tried to summon assistance using a button on a QuikTrip gas pump designed to help the disabled.

Nelson's 2007 suit was dismissed.

However, she filed a plea with the court asking that the case be reinstated because she alleged her then-attorney, James Parrott, dismissed the case without her consent.

After hearing arguments from the parties involved including Nelson, Madison County Chief Judge Ann Callis upheld the dismissal of the 2007 but gave Nelson leave to re-file the case.

QuikTrip then filed a motion May 9 asking Ruth to quash the service of Nelson's 2011 complaint.

The company argued in the move that Nelson served the law office of Kortenhof McGlynn LLC instead of its registered agent as demanded by law.

QuikTrip has yet to answer Nelson's latest complaint.

Nelson represents herself in the suit.

Demetra Sotiriou represents the defendant. Her representation is limited to the service matter.

The case is Madison case number 11-L-123.

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