Slip on Casino Queen bathroom floor prompts suit

Ann Knef Jul. 16, 2007, 10:00am

A St. Louis man claims he suffered a severe closed head injury after slipping on water or "other liquid" in a Casino Queen bathroom on New Year's Eve 2005.

David Coffey claims that as a result he suffers from constant headaches, depression and loss of cognitive function, none of which he suffered prior to the occurrence, according to a suit filed July 10 in St. Clair County Circuit Court.

He also alleges he was caused to be unable to work at a job where he had previously been employed for 27 years, and to which he can no longer return.

"Plaintiff has suffered a loss of income for the remainder of his natural life," the complaint states.

His wedded spouse, Maureen Coffey, claims she has suffered the loss of society, consortium, companionship, love, affection and support of her husband since the incident Dec. 31, 2005.

The couple, represented by Colleen C. Jones and Ellen W. Dunne of Blitz Bardgett & Deutsch of St. Louis, is seeking in excess of $100,000 in damages.

The suit claims that Casino Queen behaved in a willful and wanton manner in failing to discover, remove and/or warn Coffey of the presence of water or other liquid on the men's room floor and "showed complete and utter indifference and conscious disregard for the safety of persons invited to the Casino Queen..."

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