Faith Countryside Homes sued by woman who fell through hole

Kelly Holleran Jun. 30, 2011, 4:31am

A woman claims she fell in a four-foot hole, causing her to sustain severe leg injuries.

Judith Simmons filed a lawsuit June 17 in Madison County Circuit Court against Faith Countryside Homes, Kane Mechanical and Maul Excavating.

In her complaint, Simmons claims she walked through a door into Faith Countryside Homes when she fell into a four-foot hole, severely injuring both of her legs.

In addition to her leg injuries, Simmons suffered permanent pain, mental anguish, disability and disfigurement and was prevented from attending to her usual affairs, the suit states. She also lost wages and incurred medical costs, the complaint says.

Simmons blames the defendants for causing her injuries, saying they negligently failed to take safeguards to protect people from the hazard they created. For instance, they failed to prevent entry into the subject door and failed to post warnings, according to the complaint.

Simmons names Kane Mechanical and Maul Excavating as defendants because they performed plumbing work at Faith Countryside Homes and caused the hole in the floor, the suit states.

In her three-count suit, Simmons seeks a judgment of more than $225,000, plus costs.

Thomas Q. Keefe and Charles E. Hamilton of Belleville will be representing her.

Madison County Circuit Court case number: 11-L-679.

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