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Lyric Opera of Chicago sued after partially blind woman falls on premises

By Annie Cosby | Mar 12, 2014


Editor's Note: Cook County court records indicate this case was dismissed by stipulation or agreement on Feb. 23, 2015.

A Winnebago County woman is suing over claims she was injured at a Chicago opera house.

Donna R. Simmons filed a lawsuit Feb. 28 in the Cook County Circuit Court against Lyric Opera of Chicago, Travelers Insurance Co. and/or Travelers Casualty Co. of Connecticut, citing premises liability.

According to the complaint, Simmons, who is blind in one eye, was attempting to take her seat at the opera house on March 7, 2012, when she fell and was injured.

She claims the defendants failed to provide adequate lighting when encouraging patrons to take their seats. It appears that Travelers is the opera house's liability insurance carrier.

Simmons is seeking more than $50,000 in damages. She is being represented in the case by attorney Robert A. Fredrickson of Reno & Zahm LLP.

Cook County Circuit Court Case No. 2014L002203.

This is a report on a civil lawsuit filed in the Cook County Circuit Court. The details in this report come from an original complaint filed by a plaintiff. Please note, a complaint represents an accusation by a private individual, not the government. It is not an indication of guilt, and it only represents one side of the story.

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