Madison - St. Clair Record

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Tree service employee denies negligently causing injuries

By Heather Isringhausen Gvillo | Dec 13, 2016


An employee of a Granite City tree service denies negligently causing his own injuries when he allegedly fell from a bucket truck.

Toby Thomas filed the complaint on July 25 against Mike Hanfelder, doing business as Hanfelder’s Tree Service.


Shevlin

Thomas alleges that on May 22, 2015, he was working for Hanfelder in one of the defendant’s bucket trucks when he fell from the bucket.

Thomas claims he sustained disabling and disfiguring injuries, pain and mental anguish, lost wages and medical expenses.

He alleges Hanfelder failed to provide a well-maintained bucket truck and safety harness and failed to obtain worker’s compensation insurance.

Hanfelder answered the complaint on Oct. 19 through attorney John Papa of Callis Papa & Szewczyk in Granite City, arguing that the plaintiff was contributorily negligent.

Thomas replied to the Hanfelder’s affirmative defenses on Nov. 9, denying each and every allegation against him and “further denies that such a defense is available for the statutory cause of action.”

The plaintiff seeks a judgment of more than $50,000.

Thomas is represented by Gregory Shevlin of Cook Ysursa Bartholomew Brauer & Shevlin in Belleville.

Madison County Circuit Court case number 16-L-1048

Want to get notified whenever we write about any of these organizations ?

Sign-up Next time we write about any of these organizations, we'll email you a link to the story. You may edit your settings or unsubscribe at any time.

Organizations in this Story

Callis Papa & Szewczyk Cook, Ysursa, Bartholomew, Brauer & Shevlin

More News