Customer at Chinese buffet sues after chair collapses

Kelly Holleran Sep. 22, 2008, 4:00am

Beverly McClendon has filed suit against Evergreen Chinese Buffet, claiming she was injured after a chair the buffet owned collapsed.

McClendon was a patron of the restaurant Oct. 14, 2006, according to the complaint filed Sept. 17 in St. Clair Circuit Court.

She attempted to sit in a chair at the buffet when it collapsed, causing her to fall and injure herself, the suit states.

As a result of the fall, McClendon claims she suffered injuries, a loss of normal life, disfigurement, pain and suffering and medical costs.

Evergreen Chinese Buffet was negligent because it did not provide a safe chair to sit in and because it had knowledge of the chair's condition and had time to repair it, the suit states.

McClendon is seeking a judgment in excess of $50,000, plus costs.

Benjamin F. Goldenhersh of Goldenhersh & Goldenhersh in Belleville will be representing her.

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