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Injured Woman Sues Attorney & Office

ST. LOUIS (CN) - An attorney talking on a cell phone ran over a woman and "refused to assist (her) while she lay in the street bloodied, battered and unconscious," the woman claims in court.

Sherry Claggett sued Mark Sableman and Thompson Coburn, in City Court.

She claims Sableman was on company business, and distracted by his cell phone, when he ran her over in a crosswalk while she crossed with the light on Dec. 15, 2009.

"When the walk indication granted her the right of way, Sherry began to walk across Market Street," the complaint states. "At that time, defendant Mark Sableman made a left turn in his vehicle from southbound 18th Street to eastbound Market Street and collided with Sherry Claggett in the crosswalk.

"After colliding with Sherry, Mark Sableman remained in his vehicle and thereby refused to assist Sherry while she lay in the street bloodied, battered and unconscious."

Claggett claims she suffered a traumatic brain injury and injuries to her legs, neck and arm.

Sableman, a partner at Thompson Coburn, has since issued a statement about the lawsuit.

"I deeply regret the accident, and I have been making every effort to resolve Mrs. Claggett's claim," said Sableman. "Contrary to what the Petition alleges, I got out of my car immediately, stayed with her while onlookers called 911, and cooperated fully with the police and paramedics. I was not using my cell phone, as cell phone logs confirm."

Clagett eeks damages for negligence, medical expenses and pain and suffering; her husband seeks damages for loss of consortium.

They are represented by J. Brad Wilmoth with Brown & Crouppen.

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