Chicago Slip and Fall Lawsuit – Mourner Blames Cemetery For Broken Hip
May 18, 2011
James Arthur went to Memorial Park Cemetery on April 14, 2009, with other family members to visit a mausoleum where a relative was buried, according to the lawsuit filed Wednesday in Cook County.
Arthur and his family were told by a cemetery employee that the mausoleum was scheduled to close in a half-hour but he “preferred to be commuting to his home by the time the clock struck closing time,” according to the lawsuit.
One of Arthur’s relatives told the employee they only wanted to visit briefly and would leave before closing time.
The employee “appeared annoyed” and began shutting down the mausoleum, according to the lawsuit.
After Arthur visited his relative’s burial chamber, he stopped in a room outside the burial chamber to look at an urn. The employee then turned off the lights —“well before closing time for the mausoleum” — and Arthur tripped over a raised platform and broke his hip, according to the lawsuit.