Customer sues US Bank for greasy, moist film on ceramic tile

Steve Gonzalez Feb. 2, 2005, 2:17am

Brian Garrett of East Alton filed a lawsuit seeking at least $50,000 in damages against US Bank at Bethalto Airport for injuries he sustained in a fall in the bank's foyer.

Garrett claims that on April 12, 2004, he slipped on ceramic tile that had a greasy, moist film on its surface. According to the suit filed Feb. 1 in Madison County Circuit Court, Garrett sustained severe and permanent injuries to his left elbow, right knee, neck, and thoracic spine and aggravated a pre-existing condition of multiple sclerosis.

His injuries have caused him great pain and mental anguish, medical expenses and the loss of large sums of money he otherwise would have gained from the pursuit of his usual occupation, says Garrett.

Garrett, who was at the bank to renew his automobile license plate sticker, claims US Bank selected floor tile for the foyer entrance to the bank which had an unreasonably dangerous slick surface when exposed to moist conditions.

The bank also failed to install floor mats over the tile, and Garrett alleges the bank used inappropriate cleaning products for the type of ceramic flooring installed in the foyer.

He is represented by Mary Massa of Becker & Galanti of Granite City.

The case has been assigned to Circuit Judge Philip Kardis in Granite City.

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