Olin employee sues security firm after attack in parking lot

Steve Gonzalez Jun. 4, 2008, 8:36pm


An Olin employee who was assaulted in the parking lot after his shift ended filed a personal injury complaint against the security firm contracted to secure the premises.

According to a suit filed May 28 in Madison County Circuit Court, John Summers claims he was leaving Olin at 4:15 p.m. on Sept. 29, 2007, when he was attacked by two individuals and was severely beaten.

Guardsmark LLC is an independent business contracted to provide security and guard services at Olin, the complaint states.

Summers claims Guardsmark negligently failed to properly secure the area from trespassers, failed to come to his aid while he was being beaten, failed to properly supervise and secure the area where he was injured and failed to provide adequate surveillance to stop trespassers from attacking him.

Summers claims the attack caused him to become sick, sore, lame, disordered, and disabled and he sustained extensive internal and external injuries to his head, neck, shoulder, low back, leg, rotator cuff and body including the soft tissues of his cervical, shoulder, and lumbar area including the muscles, ligaments, tendons and nerves which caused him to spend money for medical expenses, experience pain and suffering and lose wages.

Represented by John Hustava of Collinsville, Summers is seeking damages in excess of $50,000, but less than $65,000 to reasonably compensate him for the injuries he allegedly sustained.

The case has been assigned to Circuit Judge Barbara Crowder.

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