EDWARDSVILLE – An Aviston woman alleges she did not receive life insurance benefits after her husband was electrocuted while tuck-pointing on a multi-story building in Alhambra.

Susan Walthes, individually and as independent administrator of the estate of Geoffrey Walthes, deceased, filed a complaint on Aug. 3 in the Madison County Circuit Court against Ameren Illinois Co.; Brian E. Clark; Susan A. Clark; Exam One Superior Solutions, individually and as successor-in-interest to Superior Mobile Medics Inc.; and Union Labor Life Insurance Co. alleging negligence and wrongful death.

According to the suit, the plaintiff alleges that on Aug. 13, 2015, while in the course of his employment, Geoffrey Walthes was killed while working on a building owned by the Clarks. The suit states he came in contact with Ameren-owned and operated power lines and was electrocuted while tuck-pointing on a multi-story building in Alhambra.

His wife, Susan Walthes, alleges she failed to receive any benefits as successor of his policy coverage with Union Labor for the decedent's $200,000 life insurance policy. 

The plaintiff alleges the defendants allegedly failed to schedule, coordinate and plan the work so that the powerlines could be insulated or de-energized. She also alleges they breached an insurance policy.

The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks judgment of more than $50,000 for costs, pre- and post-judgment interest and such other and further relief as the court deems reasonable and just. 

She is represented by Melissa C. Schopfer and Jean-Michael Lecointre of Simmons Hanly Conroy LLC in Alton.

Madison County Circuit Court case number 17-L-1114

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