Ankle injury, sleeplessness leads to $50k suit against Fairmount Park

Steve Gonzalez Jun. 21, 2005, 6:21am

Catherine Lasich claims she twisted her right ankle afer stepping into an unmarked 30-inch fence post hole at Fairmount Park on June 19, 2003. Now, she is suing the race track for more than $50,000 in Madison County Circuit Court.

According to the complaint filed June 17, Lasich is unable to sleep at night due to the discomfort she experiences and the inability to place herself in a position comfortable for sleeping.

Lasich claims the post hole site she accidentally tripped on was overgrown with vegetation. She blames Fairmount Park for failing to fill-up the hole after a footing was removed, guard the hole left in the ground and warn of the hole in the ground.

The incident allegedly caused Lesich to suffer a torn tendon in her right ankle, damages to the soft tissues in her back and legs, and weakness, restriction of movement and numbness in her ankle, leg and back.

“Lasich's ability to enjoy life has been and will be severely lessened, diminished, damaged and impaired,” the complaint states.

Lasich is represented by James Parrot of St. Louis and Steven Grimm of Collinsville. The case has been assigned to Circuit Judge Philip Kardis in Granite City.

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