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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.

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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