Robbie Hargett Sep. 14, 2015, 9:48am


A Belleville woman is suing property owners and the City of Belleville after stepping in a pothole and allegedly sustaining injuries.

Linda Braboy filed a complaint on Aug. 26 in St. Clair County Circuit Court against Trust Number 1101423, Chicago Title Land Trust Co., and the City of Belleville, alleging negligence.

On Sept. 5, 2013, the complaint states, Braboy was walking her dog in the side yard of the apartment building, owned by Trust Number 1101423 and located at 3509 N. Belt West in Belleville, when she stepped in a grass-covered hole, causing her to fall and injure herself. The hole was caused by leaking water and sewer pipes, according to the complaint.

The complaint states that the accident is the result of the defendants' carelessness and negligence in their failure to keep the yard reasonably safe and to remedy the condition or barricade or warn of it.

Braboy sustained injuries to her shoulders, back, and left knee, for which she has incurred medical expenses, according to the complaint. She seeks damages from each defendant in the amount of $50,000, plus costs of the suit.

She is represented by St. Louis-based attorney Michael R. Swafford of the Law Office of Michael R. Swafford.

St. Clair County Circuit Court case number 15-L-485

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