Asphalt sealant caused man's serious injuries at Walgreens, suit says

Steve Gonzalez Aug. 15, 2007, 7:00am

A South Roxana man who claims he was injured at the Wood River Walgreens filed a personal injury suit in Madison County Circuit Court Aug. 10, alleging Walgreens failed to keep its premises in a safe condition.

Rocky Runion claims that on Oct. 9, 2005, he was walking across the parking lot when he slipped and fell on fresh asphalt sealant causing serious injuries.

He claims Walgreens allowed and permitted the parking lot to be used when it was not reasonably safe for people to walk on, failed to barricade and rope off the parking lot and failed to warn of the dangerous condition.

"Plaintiff's elbows, neck and back and all the limbs of the body and all of the muscles, bones, cartilage, ligaments, tendons, tissues, nerves, blood vessels, membranes and all the parts and structures thereof were seriously bruised, contused, lacerated, cut, torn, swollen, aggravated, ruptured, mashed, wrenched, narrowed, compressed, subdued, abraded, dislocated, strained, sprained and rendered stiff; sore and painful; suffered damage to his entire nervous system which has been severely shocked and deranged," the complaint states.

Runion also claims he suffered great physical pain and mental anguish, lost wages and became liable for medical expenses.

Represented by Robert Jones of St. Louis, Runion is seeking damages in excess of $50,000, plus costs.

The case has been assigned to Circuit Judge Nicholas Byron.

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