A Cook County woman is suing an Illinois corporation, alleging premises negligence in a fall that she says has permanently restricted her mobility.
Nancy Medler filed a lawsuit July 14 in Cook County Circuit Court against Gaelic Events Club, doing business as Chicago Gaelic Park, and Countryside Bank, formerly known as State Bank of Countryside as trustee Court, alleging premises negligence in the 2014 injury.
According to the filing, Countryside Bank is a trust holding title to property at 6119 W. 147th Street in Oak Forest, which Gaelic Park leases and operates as a banquet hall. The suit says Medler entered the defendants’ premises to attend her granddaughter’s baby shower Jan. 19, 2014, when her boot became snagged in a loop of carpet protruding from the floor’s surface. The lawsuit alleges Medler fell, fractured her femur, required extensive surgical treatment and underwent painful rehabilitation.
The lawsuit faults the defendants for failure to keep a proper lookout for carpeting flaws, remove the hazardous section, warn patrons of the tear, and replace the flooring surface before causing injuries.
The plaintiff argues she can no longer maintain an active lifestyle, walk with ease, or even negotiate a flight of stairs, and alleges severe restriction of activity, medical expenses and extra household costs, including renovation to make her home handicap-accessible.
Medler seeks damages of more than $75,000, plus attorney fees and costs. She is represented by attorneys Kristi Brown and Michael Haeberle of The Patterson Law Firm in Chicago.
Cook County Circuit Court case number 2015L007138.