Woman alleges injuries from trip, fall at East Alton apartment

By David Hutton | Apr 18, 2017

EDWARDSVILLE - A Wood River woman alleges she was injured after tripped at an East Alton apartment complex. 

EDWARDSVILLE - A Wood River woman alleges she was injured after tripped at an East Alton apartment complex. 

Dorothy Kelley filed the complaint against Sugar Creek Capital, Sugar Creek Realty LLC, Promex Midwest Corp, and Township Village Apartments, alleging they violated the Illinois Premises Liability Act. 

In her complaint, Kelley alleges she tripped and fell while visiting one of the defendants' apartment complexes in East Alton on Feb. 29, 2016. 

The plaintiff alleges that the hinges to the screen door at the apartment were broken and there was a metal piece sticking out, presenting a tripping hazard for anyone visiting the apartment, including Kelley.

She also claims that Sugar Creek Capital, individually or through its employees, should have known about the issue and the risk it posed to residents and visitors. It also indicated that the issue was something that residents and visitors likely wouldn’t notice.

According to the complaint, the company and its employees failed to inspect the premises, failed to avoid dangerous conditions, failed to warn of dangerous conditions, failed to repair, remedy or protect against dangerous conditions and failed to do so in accordance with industry norms, failed to make the repair in a reasonable length of time and maintained a dangerous condition.

As a result of the existing issue, Kelley alleges she tripped and fell, injuring her left shoulder and left knee. She also fractured her left humeral bone. 

Kelley argues that the issue was not open and obvious and she did not misuse the property in any way.

The complaint alleges that Kelley endured pain and suffering and her life was adversely impacted and as a result of the conditions at the apartment that led to the fall, and she will become liable for the resulting medical expenses.  It also alleges that she suffered loss of a normal life while she was injured and recovering.

The complaint alleges counts of negligence and breach of duty against each defendant and seeks a sum of more than $50,000 and costs for each count.

Kelley is represented by Michael P. Glisson and Timothy J. Chartrand of Williamson, Webster, Falb & Glisson in Alton. 

Madison County Circuit Court Case number 17-L-305

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