The plaintiff in a suit against Alton tavern Bubby and Sissy's claims the bar has failed to timely respond to discovery requests.

Christina Flannigan sued the bar in Madison County in December claiming she tripped on a raised platform, which caused her to suffer an ankle injury that required surgery to repair.

Her attorney, John Webster of Williamson Webster Falb and Glisson in Alton, says the defendant was notified of Flannigan's interrogatories and request for production on Feb. 26, but to date it has not complied.

Bubby and Sissy's, represented by attorneys John Cunningham and Daniel Hasenstab of Brown & James in Belleville, responded to the suit in February saying Flannigan failed to keep a careful lookout.

The defendant also argues that the plaintiff allegedly fell in an area where she was not authorized to be and was not available for her use, meaning the defendant had no duty to exercise ordinary care to prevent injury.

In her lawsuit, Flannigan says she was at the bar, located at 602 Belle St. in Alton, on Dec. 27, 2013, to see a show on the second floor. She claims the area was overcrowded and there was no way for customers to get to the restroom or leave the premises.

Flannigan claims she had no choice but to step up on a platform to walk to the restroom. But she claims the lighting was poor and there were no steps on the platform, causing her to fall and injure herself, the suit states.

She seeks damages in excess of $50,000, plus court costs and attorney’s fees.

Circuit Judge Barbara Crowder presides.

Madison County Circuit Court case number 15-L-1666

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