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Woman sues homeowner over fall at Alhambra residence


By John Breslin | Aug 28, 2019

Short and Daugherty

EDWARDSVILLE -- A woman claims she was injured when she fell at a private Alhambra residence. 

Betty Miller, of Collinsville, filed suit in Madison County Circuit Court, alleging negligence after she fell on stairs at a home located on Niggli Road in Alhambra on May 5. She was invited to the house by the owner, Charles Donley, the suit states.

The complaint states Donley had a "responsibility to provide a safe environment for invitees" to the property. 

The Record was unable to contact Donley for a response to the complaint.

According to the complaint, Miller claims that she was walking down the stairs from the house to the garage when she slipped. She alleges debris and dog hair covered the area and caused her to fall.

The plaintiff claims she fell "irregularly on her wrist and face," which caused immediate pain. The complaint does not provide details on her injuries.

The plaintiff alleges Donley had a duty to ensure that the stairs were in a reasonably safe condition for those on his premises so they would not be injured.

The suit states Donley failed to properly maintain the property, failed to inspect for debris and other defects, and negligently and carelessly failed to issue any warnings.

Miller seeks a judgment of more than $50,000 in damages and costs of suit. She is represented by attorneys Keith Short and Jack Daugherty of Short and Daugherty in Alton.

Madison County Circuit Court case number 19-L-1172

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