Casino Queen patron trips on stairs, seeks $50k+

Steve Gonzalez Mar. 2, 2005, 8:45am

The Casino Queen was hit with a lawsuit Feb. 18 in St. Clair County Circuit Court by patron John Demos Sr. who claims injuries from tripping on "dangerous" steps.

Demos is represented by Patricia L. Dennis and Amanda Bradley Verett of Edwardsville and is seeking in excess of $50,000.

According to the suit, Demos injured himself after tripping on a metal strip that was supposed to firmly hold carpet in place on stairs. The incident took place on Feb. 26, 2003.

Demos alleges Casino Queen was negligent by permitting the stairs to be "dangerous."

As a result of the Casino's alleged negligence, Demos claims he received injuries to his whole body, both internally and externally, some of which may be permanent.

“Demos further suffered pain and severe discomfort suffering from the moment of the accident to the present and may continue to do so in the future,” the complaint states.

Demos claims he has spent in excess of $11,000 for medical treatment and has additional expenses for medications, x-rays, doctors visits, medical institutions, physical therapy and prescriptions.

He also alleges his earning capacity has been impaired and that he has lost income as a result of his injuries.

Demanding a trial by a jury of 12, Demos is seeking a judgment against Casino Queen “in a sum that is fair and reasonable, but in excess of $50,000 and for all other relief as the court deems just and proper under the circumstances, plus all taxable costs.”

05 L 140 (20th Circuit)

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