Two-year-old slip 'n fall case settle...

Two-year-old slip 'n fall case settles right before trial in St. Clair County

There are 5 comments on the The West Virginia Record story from Jul 24, 2012, titled Two-year-old slip 'n fall case settles right before trial in St. Clair County. In it, The West Virginia Record reports that:

A Cahokia man's lawsuit against Illinois Bell Telephone and Illinois Power settled Monday morning in St.

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Saint Louis, MO

#1 Jul 24, 2012
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News > St. Clair CountyTwo-year-old slip 'n fall case settles right before trial in St. Clair County
7/23/2012 11:54 AM By Christina Stueve



A Cahokia man's lawsuit against Illinois Bell Telephone and Illinois Power settled Monday morning in St. Clair County.

The case was scheduled to go to trial this week in Associate Judge Vincent Lopinot's courtroom.

The case was filed by Jesse J. Smith who blamed Illinois Bell Telephone and Illinois Power after he tripped and fell over a loose wire on the ground.

Smith claimed he was walking on a hill in front of his trailer in Cahokia toward his friend Willie Hunt's mobile home on Aug. 17, 2009, when he fell.

Before tripping on the wire, Smith became distracted by a transformer owned by Illinois Power that was making noise and producing sparks, according to the complaint filed Oct. 27, 2010.

Because he was looking at the transformer and not the ground, Smith tripped on the wire, which detached from a telephone pole and fell to the ground, injuring his right shoulder, according to the complaint.

In addition to his right shoulder injury, Smith became disabled, faced an increased risk of future harm and lost wages, his suit stated.

He blamed Illinois Bell Telephone Company for allowing its wire to become detached from its telephone pole and for failing to repair the wire.

Smith also blames Illinois Power Company for failing to maintain its transformer and for allowing the transformer to fail.

Smith originally sought a judgment of more than $50,000.

Smith was represented by William J. Knapp and Del A. Goldenhersh of Knapp, Ohl and Green in Edwardsville.

Timothy E. Hayes and Thomas M. Payne III of Timothy E. Hayes and Associates represented the defense.

Edwardsville, IL

#2 Jul 24, 2012
This has to be a joke. Since when has Bell Telephone been in this area? As far as I know Bell Telephone does not exist anymore.
Says he knows it all

Waterloo, IL

#3 Jul 24, 2012
Illinois Bell has been in this area since the late 1800's. They were last known as Illinois Bell in 1993. Then with the merger thay became part of Ameritech Illinois. Put down the Stag
Southern Belle


#4 Jul 24, 2012
Good luck to him. My momma was REALLY hurt from tripping over lottery and telephone wires where she worked. She took a meager settlement because she only had about six months to live. Their lawyers are some of the slickest of the slick. This dude won't get a cent from this because they will say he should have been watching where he was walking, so it will be his fault. You just don't get lawsuits from companies like this. They have to many lawyers. Mysteriously 2 of the women that were suppose to tell the truth decided they were afraid of losing their jobs. Hope Karma don't bite them in the butt.

East Alton, IL

#5 Jul 25, 2012
The man claimed he tripped over a Bell Telephone line in 2009. Bell Telephone was not here in 2009 and as far as a transformer goes when a bad storm hits things happen.
Bet he doesn't get a dime. My experiecnce with AT&T and Ameren is when they know theres a problem they get right on it.

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