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Shorewood Shoots Back at Sled Suit Family

The Village of Shorewood has a counterclaim against the Plainfield family suing over a supposed sledding mishap in Four Seasons Park.

The isn't rolling over in the face of a Plainfield family suing over a supposed sledding mishap in from nearly four years ago.

Attorneys for the village have a counterclaim alleging negligence on the part of the Plainfield mother whose daughter allegedly sledded into a sign at the bottom of a hill.

The counterclaim accuses mother Kristy Mahon of failing to properly supervise her daughter Jessica Mahon, and of failing to exercise reasonable care and control over the girl.

The counterclaim notes that the village denies liability, but in the event it loses the case wants the Mahons to hand back their judgment along with "any other relief this court may deem necessary and appropriate," plus something to make up for Kristy Mahon's alleged negligence.

Attorneys for the village filed the counterclaim in May, but the case remains mired in the court system. The next return date is scheduled for March.

Kristy Mahon and her husband, Jon Mahon, filed the lawsuit in January 2009.

The Mahons claim their daughter sustained "serious personal and pecuniary injuries" when she crashed into a sign posted at the bottom of the Four Seasons Park sled hill.

The lawsuit gives no information on the nature or extent of Jessica Mahon's alleged personal or pecuniary injuries. The suit does say she "struck a sign" while she was "lawfully sledding down a hill."

The village's counterclaim alleges that "at all times relevant, Jessica Mahon was in the care and custody of her mother" and that "Kristy Mahon was negligent" in a variety of ways.

The Mahons are seeking $50,000 from Shorewood, plus the the cost of their legal expenses.

Tony December 26, 2011 at 02:33 PM
In all to many cases like this ,Citys and Towns settle out of court because it is cheaper, it doesn't seem to matter who is wrong or who is right. What is cheapest, because of this ,many stupid lawsuits are settled out of court just to save lawyer fee's. I hope Shorewood sticks to its guns and put the responsibility back on the parents sholders when it comes to making decisions about what children do, and who is responsible , the parents should have known about the sign before they sent the kid down the hill and if they thought she wasn't skilled enough to avoid the sign,they should have went to a safer place or one of them could have stayed near the sign just in case she got to close.
Tim December 26, 2011 at 03:56 PM
lawfully sledding down the hill? It would be awfully embarrassing if the sign said 'sled hill closed', wouldn't it.
BabyNewCumbers December 26, 2011 at 03:58 PM
If the city provides the recreation area it is the responsibility of the village to get the lazy village worker slugs to make sure everything is safe.
Cheri December 26, 2011 at 04:15 PM
Perhaps the sign wasn't at the bottom of the hill to begin with. Perhaps the village employees placed the sign After the kids already sled down the hill a couple of times. All these people slamming this family just don't know the whole story!!! Did the village employee notify the families at the top of the hill they were closing it? If not, wouldn't that make the village responsible? I'm just saying...
Tim December 26, 2011 at 04:50 PM
This same John Mahon has a very public facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1260501625&sk=wall December 12 at 9:44am via mobile "Playing football in the kitchen and [he] went right into the corner of the counter..2 staples needed..lots if blood" Is he going to sue himself now for injuring his other family members? Seems like an accident prone family. The daughter involved has a facebook page also, although most of the information is private, her photo is not. https://www.facebook.com/partyhardforevaa Yes, 'party hard forevaa' is her facebook name.
samuel December 26, 2011 at 05:18 PM
According to something Jessica posted online, mom was sitting in the car. "When we had gotten there, we just kept on sledding down the big hill, laughing and giggling. Someone had made a snow jump, we took a few runs on it and we were having a good time. After we were done with the jumps, I said " Do you want to go on the other side of the hill and sled?". That is when it all started. I said I would go down the hill first and she would go next. I went speeding down the hill on my sled with the freezing cold snow splashing into my face. Though, I didn't see that there was something in the far distance of the hill. "BAMM!" I hit it within one heartbeat, now feeling unconcious. I tried to lift my body up, but I passed out. All I could hear was my friend screaming for my mom and I was so scared, I didn't know what had happened... This lady called the ambulance from her cell phone, then she came up to me and started gently holding my head, saying "It's okay, they are going save you". My friend went looking for my mom, she found her sitting in the car with my brother and sister, because they had gotten cold...my friend said that I slammed into a barracade that the Village of Shorewood had just put up before I went down that side of the hill. "
Cheri December 26, 2011 at 05:19 PM
Oh my gosh Tim, what is wrong with you?! She is a young girl, you creeper!! You are the type of person I warn my children about!!
BabyNewCumbers December 26, 2011 at 05:19 PM
Tim-you keep proving my above comment.
Tim December 26, 2011 at 05:34 PM
You warn your kids about people who post public information that was freely posted to another public website? Shoot the messenger is not going to work here, this story is about this family, and their attempt to make up for their lack of responsibility by handing off the burden to other taxpayers.
Cheri December 26, 2011 at 05:44 PM
No, It's that you took the time to seek out a young girls facebook page, and then post it on a public web-site. Like I said, we do not know the whole story. You are a Creeper!!!!!
Walter Anderson December 26, 2011 at 05:48 PM
This suit by the family is complete proof that we live in a litigation happy society. When I was young, my parentswould have yelled at me for being so careless and NEVER would they have thought to file a lawsuit. Why were the injuries not noted in the complaint? I give the village credit for not giving in to the demands of these folks and apparently going the distance regardless of the outcome. I hope Joe continues to give us updates on the case as it slowly wends it way through the court system.
samuel December 26, 2011 at 05:48 PM
Personal opinion and sniping at each other isn't going to matter in this case one way or another, but it's clear that mom was not supervising her daughter. "I thanked my best friend, Teague Sullivan for saving my life. As much as she was scared as to what had happened, she was able to go and find where my mom was on the sledding hill, and brought her to me." by: Jessica Mahon" Also, barricades don't materialize out of nowhere. The girl says that the incident happened on her first time going down that side of the hill. If this statement is submitted as evidence, the family probably hasn't a legal leg to stand on. (it's posted on the daughter's deviantart site)
samuel December 26, 2011 at 05:52 PM
According to Jessica, these were her injuries: "I ended up with a concusion, broken nose, extremely fat lips, three broken teeth, and a big dent on my nose. I had to stay overnight in ICU to be monitered. I did have surgery on my nose, they had to push it back into place where it had broken. I also have had my teeth fixed." Poor kid.
Tim December 26, 2011 at 06:00 PM
So on one hand, you claim 'we do not know the whole story'. On the other hand, you are name-calling those that go out and attempt to gather more information on the story. This isnt some random girls father and her page that is being posted, this is the page of the people involved in this story filing the lawsuit against the village. FYI-this girls facebook page is on her FATHERS facebook page, for all to see, along with the rest of his negligent behavior. Are you saying this family is being negligent again, and deliberately not obeying the rules of facebook as well(no one under 13 allowed)?
Walter Anderson December 26, 2011 at 06:11 PM
I am sorry that the child was injured and hope that she mends well in the coming days. However, from what I have read here, I can't see the village at fault. The mom should have had eyes on Jessica sledding OR taken her with to the car to warm up with the others. It seems a tragic accident but one caused the by bad choices of a child and by zero neglect on the part of the village.
Tim December 26, 2011 at 06:30 PM
Seems like they did notify the parents, since nobody else hit these signs. The only child who hit the signs was the one whose mother was seemingly nowhere to be found, off sitting in a car somewhere else instead of supervising her minor child. As has been pointed out, these are the words of the child involved in the accident, on one of her postings on another public site. Since this child, being from Plainfield, obviously did not walk to the park, the sole responsibility for her lies with the person who took the action of bringing them there from another town. Instead of taking responsibility for her inaction in supervising the child, this mother and father decided to thrust the light of publicity on their family by going public with a lawsuit, to now be examined by that same public. While we may not know 'the whole story' the details that are coming out and filling in the blanks do not bode well for the family, or their case.
Cheri December 26, 2011 at 07:00 PM
Again Tim, you miss the point... If you found this girls fb page by creeping on her fathers page ( which by the way, you had to have spent some quality time on his, to quote word for word from one of his postings) makes you a sick man (term used loosely) to look at his childs account!! You must have some time on your hands. Oh and you just happen to know this young girl is 13 or younger? Spending some quality time on hers too I see. Creeper!!
Kevin Kelly December 26, 2011 at 07:13 PM
The village is at no fault at all. There are signs posted all over that say sled at your own risk. It is up to the parents to monitor there own minor child. These people filed this suit for a small amount hoping the village would pay out just to avoid the hassle. Good for the village to stand its ground. People like this ruin the fun for everyone else.
Tim December 26, 2011 at 07:17 PM
Yes, because highlighting his name, and then clicking 'search google' in the dropdown menu involves a lot of time. You can call me whatever names you want. The fact remains that this is all public information, that directly pertains to the people mentioned in this story as it was written by them, and that is available to anyone that can click a mouse two times. You may not like the direction this information is pointing, but that is irrelevant.
Cheri December 26, 2011 at 08:24 PM
Tim, justify it any way you can to make yourself feel better. The point is you logged into fb, typed these people's name and creeped!!!! Unless I am mistaken, I do believe that takes more then two clicks. Let's face it, the more you talk, the worse you sound. Do parents of this area and toss your computer out, and get the help you so desperately need.
Cheri December 26, 2011 at 08:34 PM
Parents of this area a favor.
Freddie Kissell December 26, 2011 at 09:03 PM
First of all, I'm sure Tim isn't a "creeper," whatever that's supposed to mean. Secondly, you should teach your children to make their Facebook pages PRIVATE. Duh.
Freddie Kissell December 26, 2011 at 09:06 PM
Oh please, spare me. I think the info these people have on Facebook for the world to see is pretty telling. It doesn't make Tim a child molester because he looked at the man's Facebook page.
Tim December 27, 2011 at 01:36 AM
do you not understand that facebook pages come up in google searches?
Tim December 27, 2011 at 01:44 AM
Now that Jon Mahon has made his Facebook page private, I think he is going to learn an important lesson about filing unsubstantiated lawsuits. Jon, I know you or someone you know is reading this. All of the information you ever typed into Facebook is able to be retrieved with a court order, and I hope the village of Shorewood files that court order. Even the stuff you think you 'delete' is still saved in Facebook records, there is no way for you to remove it. Perjury is a pretty serious offense, Jon.
Shari December 27, 2011 at 02:15 AM
Tim, you're totally right. Cheri, get with the modern times.
Bobby Brandolino December 27, 2011 at 06:32 PM
Real nice! People complain about kids rollerblading, skateboarding, etc. Then people wonder why these kids are out of shape & sit in the house playing video games all day. They have that nice park for the kids to go sledding, now these people are sueing. It's rediculous. If for some reason they prevail in the lawsuit that will probably end up taking away yet another place for our children to play.
Mayhem December 28, 2011 at 02:57 PM
Cheri~ It's clear that the 2 brain cells you have don't like eachother! Tim did nothing wrong by seeking more information regarding the people involved in the story. Maybe you should seek out more info before you start making comments about Tims intentions! He wasnt getting his rocks off by looking up the profiles, he was simply gathering information. If you are a responsible person, your kids facebook pages would be private. Get a grip broad, you are the one who is wrong.
Tony Sorensen January 12, 2012 at 08:52 PM
Have went sledding many times on this hill. Sounds like the girl sledded down the backside of the hill which does have many signs that say...No Sledding!. Instead of taking responsibility for their daughter not following the rules of the sledding hill...not properly supervising their daughter...lets sue the city...good idea? Lawyers and people like this are the ones responsible for taking all of the fun out of life. Sledding inherently comes with some risks...deal with it or do not sled. If the village loses this lawsuit they will probably close the entire hill...thanks...
Freddie Kissell January 12, 2012 at 09:27 PM
Yeah Cheri, get a grip! LOL. And I doubt the village will lose this lawsuit. It sounds like a major waste of time and money when, like you said, Tony, the girl's parents and this girl are the only ones responsible for the accident.

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