Woman's staircase tumble lands Casino Queen in court

Steve Gonzalez Jan. 3, 2006, 10:53pm

Casino Queen on the Mighty Mississippi

A woman who claims she suffered "grievous pain and mental anguish" after falling down a staircase at the Casino Queen in East St. Louis is suing for damages in excess of $50,000.

In her suit filed in St. Clair County Dec. 28, Joyce Warnecke claims the casino failed to exercise reasonable care to protect her safety.

According to the complaint, Warnecke fell in a back staircase between the first and second floors on Jan. 2, 2004.

She claims the casino failed to warn her that the staircase was in a dangerous condition. The complaint does not describe the nature of the danger.

Warnecke claims she sustained permanent, severe, painful and disabling injuries to various parts of her body, including her shoulder, elbow, wrist, arm and fingers after she fell.

Represented by Mark Schuver and Deanna Litzenburg of Mathis, Marifian, Richter & Grandy of Belleville, Warnecke also is seeking costs of the suit.

05 L 764 (20th Circuit)

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