O'Fallon Apartments, Long Elevator blamed for woman's trip

Andrea Dearden Jul. 12, 2012, 2:35am


An O'Fallon woman says she broke her wrist and shoulder when she tripped while trying to walk through an elevator door in her apartment building.

Frances L. Wadlow filed a lawsuit June 26 in St. Clair County Circuit Court against the Hispanic Housing Development Corporation, doing business as Housing Partnership Network/O'Fallon Apartments, and Mid-States Maintenance Company Inc., doing business as St. Louis Elevator Company. Long Elevator and Machine Company Inc. also is named as a defendant.

Wadlow rented an apartment at the O'Fallon Apartments on Weber Road, according to the complaint. In May 2011 Wadlow alleges she tried to walk into the West Building elevator and tripped because the elevator had failed to stop level to the lobby floor. She claims she broke her wrist and collarbone when she tried to stop her fall to the elevator floor.

Wadlow contends O'Fallon Apartments is responsible for the maintenance and safety of its hallways and elevators. She also is suing the St. Louis Elevator Company for failing to maintain the elevator with functioning leveling sensors. The Long Elevator and Machine Company is accused of building and selling an elevator with leveling problems and one that allegedly lacked a warning system to indicate a problem.

Wadlow asks for more than $150,000 in damages for medical bills plus court costs.

Attorneys William J. Knapp and Del A. Goldenhersh of Edwardsville represent Wadlow.

St. Clair County Circuit Court Case No. 12-L-335

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