An Illinois woman claims she broke her foot while walking around a vacant home in Collinsville that bore a “For Sale” sign.
The woman is suing the companies responsible for overseeing the sale of the home, which had been taken over by the United States Secretary of Housing and Urban Development after foreclosure in 2010. The injured, Patricia Fuentes, claims the house had been vacant for at least two years when suddenly a “For Sale” sign was put up. On January 31, 2013, Fuentes walked around the property, which she says was reasonable given the “For Sale” sign that welcomed potential buyers. There was a patio in the back of the house that allegedly contained a cellar door that blended in with the ground around it. Fuentes unknowingly stepped on the cellar door, and as a result, fell six feet and suffered a broken ankle.
Fuentes is asking for more than $150,000 in damages for medical expenses, loss of income and court costs. It is her contention that placing a “For Sale” sign on the property welcomed visitors and therefore required some warning of the hidden and hazardous cellar door.
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