September 29, 2023

A resident of the Village of DeSoto has sued The Villages and alleges that she was severely injured after she was “deliberately” pushed whereas ascending stairs throughout a tree lighting ceremony at Lake Sumter Touchdown. 

Nancy Bergeron and her husband, Armand, filed the lawsuit within the Circuit Court docket of the Fifth Judicial Circuit for Sumter County earlier this yr towards a number of organizations that symbolize The Villages, together with The Villages Working Firm and The Villages of Lake-Sumter, Inc. 

In keeping with the criticism, on November 27, 2021, the Bergeron had been attending a tree lighting occasion at Lake Sumter Touchdown. 

Tree lighting ceremony at Lake Sumter Touchdown on Nov. 27, 2021

Whereas on the occasion, Bergeron allegedly approached a set of stairs to go to her seat and, whereas she was ascending the steps, she was “deliberately grabbed and/or pushed from behind by an unknown individual,” in accordance with the criticism.

After she was pushed, Bergeron allegedly fell down the steps, “leading to extreme accidents.” 

The criticism accuses every defendant of 1 depend of negligence.

Along with the 4 counts of negligence, the criticism additionally features a declare by Mr. Bergeron of “lack of consortium,” stating that he “has suffered and can proceed to endure sooner or later” from a lack of “affection” and “conjugal fellowship.”

In June, attorneys for Bergeron filed a discover of withdrawal to be able to take away her declare for “lack of earnings and talent to earn cash.” 

On Aug. 25, lawyer Jonathan N. Zaifert of Caglianone, Miller, & Zaifert, P.A., filed a discover of manufacturing on behalf of The Villages to subpoena paperwork and data from medical organizations concerned within the care of Bergeron, in addition to The Villages Fireplace Rescue and a number of pharmacies.