ESL church answers personal injury suit

Christina Stueve Dec. 5, 2011, 11:00am



Plaintiff's attorney Shaun Falvey filed a certificate of service Nov. 28 in St. Clair County Court on behalf of his client Marcella McCorn, who is suing an East St. Louis Church, because she allegedly slipped and fell on a broken step while there to attend services.

The certificate notifies the court that a copy of the plaintiff's questions was mailed to the defendant.

McCorn filed suit on Sept. 13 in St. Clair County Circuit Court against New Jerusalem Seventh-Day Adventist Church.

According to the complaint, McCorn was attending the church in July 2010 when she allegedly slipped on a broken step and hurt her back, neck and leg. She accuses the church of negligence and asks for more than $50,000 in damages for medical expenses, loss of income and court fees.

St. Clair County Judge Lloyd Cueto presides in the case.

In its answer to the plaintiff's complaint, the New Jerusalem Church said the injuries McCorn sustained were due to her own carelessness and negligence.

The church claims that McCorn allegedly failed to exercise care for her own safety and assumed the risk of injury and damages, based on her failure to keep a careful lookout.

The plaintiff's fault amounts to more than 50 percent of the total fault for the alleged accident, the church claims.

Steven J. Hughes of Pitzer Snodgrass in St. Louis represents New Jerusalem Seventh-Day Adventist Church.

Falvey works for Brown & Crouppen in St. Louis.

The case is St. Clair County case number 11-L-514.

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