Granite City apartment complex sued by tenant who tripped

By Ann Knef | Jun 21, 2007

Maryland Manor Apartments

A resident of Maryland Manor Apartments in Granite City is seeking in excess of $150,000 in damages for injuries she sustained after falling at the premises two years ago.

Betty Marler claims she hurt her head, face, ears, neck, back, shoulders, arms, hands, legs, feet and body as a whole on June 15, 2005, because of defects on the property.

She named the apartment complex and El Strothheide and El Strothheide Trustee as defendants in a suit filed June 15 in Madison County Circuit Court.

Among other things, Marler claims the defendants failed to install a handrail leading all the way down to the bottom of the outdoor stairway and leading to the sidewalk and parking lot from her apartment.

She also claims that pavement in the common areas was cracked, broken and uneven.

"Defendant knew or in the exercise of ordinary care should have known and discovered the defective conditions on the property and should have realized that those defective conditions involved an unreasonable risk of harm to plaintiff and others," the complaint states.

Marler is represented by Scott Hassebrock of Brown & Brown in Fairview Heights.

The case has been assigned to Circuit Judge Daniel Stack.


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