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Case management set in August in disabled woman's case against MCT and Agency for Community Transit

By Christina Stueve Hodges | Jul 18, 2013

A case management conference is set for Aug. 21 in Madison County Circuit Judge Andreas Matoesian’s court in a case against Madison County Mass Transit (MCT) and the Agency for Community Transit regarding a disabled woman’s injuries.

The agency is seeking to dismiss a suit filed in February over injuries Pamela Jo Byrd allegedly suffered after falling backwards from her wheelchair.

Guardians Laverne F. DeMent and Frances E. Abbett claim Pamela Jo Byrd suffered a subdural hemorrhage, experienced pain and suffering, incurred medical costs, lost her enjoyment of a normal life and sustained disability. They blame an MCT employee for Byrd’s injuries.

Madison County Mass Transit District (MCT) and the Agency for Community Transit have denied liability for injuries the woman suffered while she attempted to board a bus in March 2012.

MCT and the Agency for Community Transit also filed affirmative defenses, saying that if they are at all liable, the amount of fault attributable to the defendants is less than 25 percent of the total fault.

The defendants are represented by Donald J. Ohl of Knapp, Ohl and Green in Edwardsville.

Eric J. Carlson of Byron, Carlson, Petri and Kalb in Edwardsville represent the plaintiffs. They seek a judgment of more than $50,000.

Madison County Circuit Court case number: 13-L-226.

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