Personal injury filed against mall over escalator incident

Steve Gonzalez Nov. 28, 2005, 9:59am

A man injured at the Alton Square Mall filed a personal injury suit claiming he sustained cuts and bruises to his face and head because the mall's escalator stairs moved, but the handrail did not.

Leo Lolie of Macoupin County claims he fell on the escalator on May 7, 2004, as he was attempting to travel to the second level.

According to the complaint filed Nov. 28 in Madison County Circuit Court, Alton Square Mall failed to properly maintain or replace the escalator, failed to notify the escalator maintenance company and failed to keep its premises in a reasonably safe condition for its patrons.

Lolie also claims the mall did not warn people of the dangers created by the faulty escalator, when it knew, or should have known, that the handrail was not working. The complaint states that one or more of the two escalators had not been working properly months prior to the incident.

His injuries caused him to suffer great pain and suffering, Lolie claims. He also has spent large sums of money on medical care and has been deprived of going about his normal life.

Lolie is seeking a judgment against Alton Square Mall in excess of $50,000 that is fully compensatory for his injuries and damages, plus costs of the suit.

He is represented by Lindsay Rakers of Goldenberg, Miller, Heller & Antognoli in Edwardsville.

The case has been assigned to Circuit Judge Nicholas Byron.

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