Sears sued by portrait worker over carpet tumble

Steve Gonzalez Jan. 21, 2005, 4:14am

Frances Loftus, who took a tumble over "disrepaired" carpet where she worked at a Sears Portrait Studio in the Alton Square Mall, is seeking $50,000 in compensation for severe injuries she sustained.

Loftus filed a two-count lawsuit against Sears Roebuck & Co. and store manager, Julie Riviar, Jan. 20 in Madison County Circuit Court.

According to the suit, for several months prior to Nov. 12, 2004, Riviar stated that the carpeting was going to be replaced, but because of budgetary issues, the project was delayed.

On Nov. 12, 2004, Loftus claims she tripped and fell to the ground with great force and violence, sustaining severe and permanent injuries to her knees, back, head, shoulders and back.

Loftus, an employee of CPI and doing business as Sears Portrait Studio, leased space from Sears.

She claims she suffered great pain and mental anguish, spent great sums of money for medical and hospital treatment and expenses and will be unable to perform her usual activities.

Represented by Michael P. Glisson of Alton, Loftus also claims she has endured disability and loss of a normal life along with disfigurement and loss of wages.

The case has been assigned to Circuit Judge Andy Matoesian.

05 L 060 (3rd Circuit)

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