Madison County Urban League sued over woman's trip on step

Kelly Holleran Sep. 11, 2012, 3:13am


A woman has filed suit against the owners of a Madison building where she claims she tripped on a step.

Geneva T. Brandon claims she arrived at defendant the Madison County Urban League office at 500-502 Madison Avenue in Madison on Sept. 6, 2011, before a scheduled appointment began.

After waiting one and a half hours for her appointment, Brandon decided to walk down the hall to inquire about her extended wait time, according to the complaint filed Sept. 4 in Madison County Circuit Court. While walking down the hall, Brandon fell on a sudden five-inch drop-off in the hallway, the suit states.

Because of her fall, Brandon endured multiple fractures in her right upper leg that required surgery, incurred medical costs and experienced pain and suffering, the complaint says. She also claims she endured disability, experienced physical restrictions and discomfort, sustained permanent scarring and disfigurement of her leg and lost her normal life.

In addition to the Madison County Urban League Office, Brandon names the Madison Trust Stillwater, which owns the building, as a defendant.

The defendants negligently leased a building that had an uneven floor that was the same color, providing no warning of the drop-off; allowed individuals to walk down the hallway with the sudden drop-off; and failed to provide a ramp above the drop-off; according to the complaint.

In her complaint, Brandon seeks a judgment of more than $50,000, plus costs.

W. Michael Gnavi of Gnavi Law Office in Collinsville will be representing her.

Madison County Circuit Court case number: 12-L-1414.

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