Granite City accident causes injuries, suit says

By Kelly Holleran | Feb 28, 2014

A woman says she suffered head, neck, back and shoulder injuries after a driver rear-ended her vehicle.

Sarah M. Shinn filed a lawsuit Feb. 20 in the Madison County Circuit Court against Geraldine L. Patterson.

In her complaint, Shinn alleges she drove north on Madison Avenue in Granite City on Dec. 31, when Patterson, who was driving north on the same road, rear-ended her vehicle.

Because of the collision, Shinn became sick, sore, lame, disordered and disabled, received injuries to her head, neck, back and shoulders and incurred medical costs, the suit states. She also suffered disability, experienced pain and suffering and lost wages, the complaint says.

Shinn blames Patterson for causing the collision, saying she negligently failed to keep a proper lookout, struck the rear of Shinn’s vehicle, failed to properly apply her brakes, drove too fast and followed Shinn’s vehicle too closely.

She is seeking a judgment of more than $50,000, plus costs. She is being represented by Thomas C. Rich, Kristina D. Cooksey and Michelle M. Rich of Fairview Heights.

Madison County Circuit Court case number 14-L-285.

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