Accidents with injuries prompt suits

By Steve Gonzalez | Mar 3, 2005

Cahokia resident Monique Black is suing Bi-State after the vehicle she and her son, John Harris, were riding in last year was struck by a Metro bus.

Black, represented by Lisa Thompson of Brown & Crouppen of St. Louis, is seeking at least $100,000 in damages for injuries she and her son allegedly sustained. Black filed suit Feb. 24 in St. Clair County Circuit Court.

According to the complaint, Black was driving westbound on Jackie Joyner-Kersee Street in East St. Louis on March 3, 2004, when a Metro bus allegedly struck her vehicle after failing to stop.

Black claims as a result of the incident, she sustained injuries to her neck, shoulders, back, and all the limbs of her body and all of her bones, cartilages, ligaments, tendons, tissues, nerves, blood vessels, membranes and all parts were bruised, lacerated, cut, swollen, torn, aggravated, ruptured, mashed, wrenched, narrowed, dislocated, and rendered stiff and swollen.

The suit states Black also sustained damages "to her entire nervous system which has been severely shocked and deranged."

Her son suffered injuries to his neck, right shoulder and lower back as a result of the negligence.

Black and her son have incurred medical expenses for medicine, doctors, x-rays, medical providers and prescriptions and will be required to spend more on these expenses in the future.

Accident with injuries

Also filing suit on Feb. 24 in St. Clair County was Elizabeth Zychlewicz who claims Diane Flynn collided with her vehicle on Aug. 1, 2002, on North Illinois in Belleville and Ludwig while Zychlewicz was making a left hand turn onto Ludwig.

Zychlewicz is seeking an amount in excess of $15,000 for injuries to her neck, back, spinal column and body as a whole, cost of medical treatment and pain and disability.

She is represented by Belleville attorney Stephen McGlynn of McGlynn and McGlynn.

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