Burger King slip and fall trial to begin May 14

Steve Gonzalez May 10, 2007, 10:00am

Madison County Circuit Judge Daniel Stack will begin choosing a jury in a slip and fall case against Burger King and Aramark Uniform and Career Apparel on May 14.

Carol Little filed suit against the Bethalto Burger King and Aramark Nov. 3, 2005, seeking damages in excess of $100,000.

Little claims that on May 28, 2004, she was at the Burger King on North Bellwood in Bethalto when her foot caught the edge of the floor mat causing her to trip and fall. Her left knee and shoulder were injured.

"It was the duty of Burger King to maintain its premises in a reasonably safe condition for customers," the complaint states.

Little claims that Burger King allegedly failed to warn customers of a defective floor mat, failed to maintain the floor mat in a reasonably safe condition and allowed a floor mat with uneven edges to be placed on the floor even though it presented a risk to customers.

According to the complaint, Aramark supplied the floor mats to Burger King.

Little claims Aramark failed to supply floor mats that sat flush on the floor and laundered their floor mats in a way that allowed them to become distorted.

According to Little, she suffered pain of the body and mind, became liable for medical expenses and lost money she otherwise would have been able to make as an able-bodied person.

She is represented by Robert Edmonds of Mormino, Velloff, Edmonds and Snider of Alton.

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