'Unnatural' substance on grocery store floor leads to $50k suit

Steve Gonzalez Oct. 12, 2005, 11:39am

Aldi's in Fairview Heights

A St. Louis woman who allegedly fell in the check-out line at Aldi's in Fairview Heights filed suit against the discount grocer seeking $50,000 in damages for fracturing her right wrist.

Evelyn Pereda claims the incident took place on Aug. 2, 2004, after she slipped on an "unnatural" substance.

The suit, filed Oct. 10 in St. Clair County Circuit Court, claims Aldi's was negligent for failing to warn customers about the substance.

"Aldi's owed a duty to Pereda to maintain its premises in a non-negligent manner and to keep the walkway clean of any unnatural substances," the complaint states.

Pereda claims she has experienced pain and suffering has become liable for medical expenses due to her injuries.

Pereda is represented by James Williams of the Belleville firm Williams, Caponi and Associates.

05 L 582 (20th Circuit)

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