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Suit claims American Family Insurance in Alton failed to maintain safe premises

By Noddy A. Fernandez | May 16, 2017


EDWARDSVILLE — A woman is suing an Alton insurance company and its operator after she slipped and fell on the wheelchair access ramp, injuring her back.

Sandra Bennington filed a complaint on May 4 in the Madison County Circuit Court against American Family Insurance and Jeremy Vacca, alleging the defendants failed to keep their premises, located on Washington Avenue, in a reasonably safe condition and to warn the public of any dangerous condition of which they knew or should have known.

According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that on Jan. 16, 2017, she was leaving the defendants' building when she slipped while descending the wheelchair access ramp and fell backward. As a result, Bennington claims she suffered a burst fracture to her vertebrae, which required surgery to repair. 

The plaintiff alleges the defendants failed to warn of the dangerously slick condition of the ramp, failed to provide or maintain suitable hand rails and failed to maintain a suitable incline for the ramp's descent.

The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks judgment in an amount in excess of $50,000, plus costs of suit and any other further relief to which the court deems just. 

She is represented by Lanny Darr of Darr Law Offices Ltd. in Alton.

Madison County Circuit Court case number 2017-L-000594

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