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FOREST CITY | A jury trial has been set for November 14 in a lawsuit filed against The Lodge by parents who say their child was severely injured after falling down a steep hill near the play area. 

However, the Forest City hotel and restaurant claims in legal documents that it is not responsible for any injuries to the boy.

Kurt and Sarah Larson, of New Hampton, filed the suit in Winnebago County District Court against The Lodge on behalf of their 7-year-old son, Kane.

Kane along with his brother and sister were in a fenced-in play area at The Lodge on Aug. 3, 2017, while Sarah Larson was on the porch within view of the children, according to the lawsuit. 

The ball the Larson children were playing with went through the fence and Kane passed through it and was confronted by a substantial hill, according to the lawsuit.

The boy fell on the hill and crashed on an area at the base, a paved golf track where a wall stopped, the lawsuit states. 

The child's parents claim he suffered severe head injuries from the accident, resulting in substantial medical expenses and other damages. 

The lawsuit alleges The Lodge was negligent because it gave no notice of "a steep and dangerous hill" and the fence itself was old and rickety.

The Larsons are seeking more than $10,000 in damages, according to court documents. 

The Lodge has filed an answer to the lawsuit, denying negligence on the part of the business was a proximate cause of the accident.

The Lodge also claims negligence or fault of the boy's mother contributed to the accident. 


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