Woman sues over Navy Pier fall

Dan Harkins Jun. 28, 2015, 9:25am

A woman injured last year at a volleyball tournament at Navy Pier is suing the owners of the venue for a fall from which she suffered injuries.

Maria S. Lopez filed a complaint June 11 in Cook County Circuit Court against Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority; Navy Pier Inc.; Midwest Junior Volleyball Inc.; USA Volleyball, doing business Great Lakes Region Volleyball Association; and Great Lakes Region Volleyball Association.

Lopez, of Elgin, on June 13, 2014, was attending the Asics Junior National Volleyball Championship at Navy Pier and Festival Hall. According to the lawsuit, on that date, she fell and injured herself when she slipped and fell on a walkway littered with nets and other obstructions.

The defendant is cited with negligence for failing to manage a safe venue; create safe walkways; warn pedestrians of a dangerous condition; remedy an unsafe condition; and protect invitees like the plaintiff.

As a result, the lawsuit states, Lopez experienced injuries, pain and suffering, risk of future injury and medical expenses.

The plaintiff seeks damages in excess of $300,000, plus costs -- $50,000 from each listed defendant.

The plaintiff is represented by Patrick J. Crimmins of Brady and Jensen of Elgin.

Cook County Circuit County case number 2015L005966.

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