Heather Isringhausen Gvillo Jan. 20, 2015, 11:40am

A Fairview Heights nail salon owner accused of leaving a customer with chemical burns on her hands claims she didn’t purchase the salon until several months after the alleged incident occurred.

Defendant Binh Ngryen, doing business as #1 Nails, answered the complaint pro se on Oct. 28, claiming the alleged incident happened on Oct. 8, 2012, but she didn’t purchase the shop until March 11, 2013.

According to plaintiff Danielle Pierson’s Oct. 3 lawsuit, she was a customer of #1 Nails in the 600 block of Lincoln Highway in October 2012 and requested to have acrylic nails.

Pierson claims one of the employees improperly applied a chemical to her thumbs and left severe burns on her nail beds. She alleges both thumb nails fell off as a result of the burns.

Pierson accuses #1 Nails of negligence and seeks more than $50,000 in damages for medical costs, lost wages and court fees.

Circuit Judge Andrew Gleeson is presiding over the case. He scheduled a status conference for Feb. 9 at 9 a.m.

Samuel A. Mormino Jr. of Alton represents Pierson.

St. Clair County Circuit Court case number 14-L-673

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