By Noddy A. Fernandez | Apr 17, 2017

BELLEVILLE — A woman is suing a hospital after a malfunctioning elevator's doors allegedly closed on her and knocked her to the ground. 

Christine Braunseis filed a complaint on March 17 in St. Clair County Circuit Court against St. Elizabeth's Hospital of the Hospital Sisters of the Third Order of St. Francis, alleging the hospital failed to properly maintain an elevator that malfunctioned.

According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that on Feb. 20, 2017, she was in the course and scope of her employment with Lincoln Surgical Group when she was at the hospital. As she walked toward and into the elevator, she claims it malfunctioned and suddenly closed, striking and knocking her to the ground. 

The plaintiff says that the elevator's malfunction caused her to sustain serious injuries that required surgeries. 

The plaintiff alleges the hospital failed to take appropriate steps to repair the elevator upon receiving prior notice of its malfunction.

The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks damages in an amount greater than $50,000, plus costs of this suit. 

She is represented by Thomas Q. Keefe III of Keefe, Keefe & Unsell PC in Belleville.

St. Clair County Circuit Court case number 17-c-134

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