Housing authority and county sued by tenant

By Steve Gonzalez | Feb 1, 2005

Jeffrey McQuaid, who lived in government-funded housing in East Alton, is suing those who provided his shelter for at least $200,000 claiming he was seriously injured upon slipping and falling on an ice patch.

In a suit filed against Madison County Housing Authority and the county on Jan. 31, McQuaid alleges that on Feb. 2, 2004, after workers had shoveled snow, he fell while walking across one of the patches of ice and snow left on a sidewalk at 310 Smith St.

McQuaid alleges the defendants’ acted, or failed to act, in one or more of the following negligent ways:

  • Permitted an unnatural accumulation of ice and snow on its sidewalks;

  • Removed only part of the ice and snow from the sidewalks;

  • Provided inadequate equipment to its staff for the removal of ice and snow from its sidewalks;

  • Provided insufficient staff to remove ice and snow; and

  • Failed to close parts of the sidewalk where the staff had removed only part of the ice and snow.

    “The accumulation of ice and snow on the sidewalks then and there presented an unreasonable risk of harm to people on the premises,” the complaint states.

    McQuaid alleges that the defendants knew the condition posed a risk and should have anticipated people on the premises would not realize the danger.

    As a result, McQuaid claims he sustained damages including serious, painful, and disabling injuries requiring medical care, past and future, at substantial cost in excess of $100,000.

    McQuaid, represented by Tim Campbell of Godfrey, is seeking a judgment against Madison County and Madison County Housing authority in excess of $100,000 each, plus court costs. The case has been assigned to Circuit Judge Daniel Stack.

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