The Madison County Record Nov. 24, 2014, 4:33pm


A woman has filed suit against the company that owned property at a McDonald's, alleging she tripped on an uneven portion of the parking lot.


Susan Matuz alleges she was visiting the McDonald's at 2 Plaza Drive in Bethalto on Feb. 10 when the incident occurred.


"While walking on said parking lot toward the restaurant's door, and while watching to make sure an approaching car was slowing and stopping to allow her to cross the parking lot, plaintiff tripped on irregular and uneven portion of the parking lot, causing her to fall and sustain severe injury," the suit filed Nov. 7 in Madison County Circuit Court states.


Because of her fall, Matuz suffered permanent and progressive injuries to her right arm, right elbow, right hand and right knee and incurred medical costs, the complaint says. She also alleges she incurred medical costs, experienced great physical and mental pain and suffering and lost her enjoyment of life.


Matuz blames defendants Bold Enterprises and Franchise Realty Investment Trust for causing her injuries, saying they negligently failed to maintain the parking lot in a safe condition, allowed a dangerous condition to exist, failed to adequately inspect the parking lot, failed to timely remedy and fix the dangerous condition of the parking lot and failed to erect a barricade.


In her complaint, Matuz seeks a judgment of more than $100,000, plus costs and other relief the court deems just.


Attorney Stephen J. Telken, of Schoen, Walton, Telken and Foster in East St. Louis, will represent Matuz.


Madison County Circuit Court case number: 14-L-1534.


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