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Madison County woman alleges injuries from wheelchair accident

By Robbie Hargett | Sep 24, 2015

A Madison County woman is suing two businesses, alleging negligence in construction of a wheelchair ramp that she says led to an accident.

Maryanne G. Wagner filed a lawsuit on Sept. 8 in Madison County Circuit Court against Tri-Mor Properties Inc. and Granite City Vision Inc., alleging negligence.

According to the complaint, on Aug. 1, Wagner was on the Granite City Vision premises in Granite City. She claims she was attempting to access the wheelchair ramp leading to the facility when her wheelchair abruptly stopped on the ramp, allegedly causing her to fall to the pavement.

The suit says the defendants were negligent in failing to provide a safe wheelchair ramp, which had eroded, was damaged and rutted, and had a large bump, failed to properly inspect the ramp and repair the unsafe conditions, did not supply a wheelchair ramp made of proper materials and failed to warn of the unsafe conditions, among other negligent acts or omissions.

As a result, the lawsuit says, Wagner claims she suffered injuries to her left ankle and foot, both knees and related areas that have required medical treatment and expenses.

Wagner seeks a judgment against each defendant of more than $50,000, plus costs of the suit. She is represented by attorneys Brian M. Wendler and Ellen R. Burford of Wendler Law in Edwardsville.

Madison County Circuit Court case number 15-L-1160.

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