Mexican restaurant diner sues for pain and lost time

Steve Gonzalez Mar. 31, 2005, 4:59am

Ramon's El Dorado Restaurant in Collinsville

A diner at a popular Mexican restaurant in Collinsville, who claims she slipped and fell on an uneven floor, is seeking $50,000 in damages for injuries and lost time, according to a suit filed March 30 in Madison County Circuit Court.

Marilyn Rudolph states that on May 16, 2004, she fell when walking from the cash register to the front door at Ramon’s El Dorado Restaurant.

Max Rudolph, Marilyn’s husband, also is seeking at least $50,000 for his wife's medical and hospital expenses. In addition, Mr. Rudolph claims he has been deprived of the value of his Mrs. Rudolph's services, companionship and society.

The Rudolphs are represented by James Gorman of Lucco and Brown of Edwardsville.

Marilyn Rudolph accuses Ramon's of allowing an uneven floor to remain near the cash register archway, failing to inspect the uneven floor, leaving it in a dangerous condition, and failing to warn her of the condition of the floor when a warning was necessary to prevent injury.

According to the complaint, Rudolph sustained severe and permanent internal and external injuries and was, and will be, hindered and prevented from attending to usual duties and affairs, and has lost, and will continue to lose, the value of that time.

She claims she suffered great pain and mental anguish, both in mind and body.

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

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