Alton Belle Casino worker claims injuries while assisting customer

Kelly Holleran Apr. 15, 2009, 9:13am

A casino operator is suing the casino on which he worked for more than $50,000 after he says he sustained injuries while picking up furnishings.

Michael Meinhardt filed suit against Alton Belle Casino on April 6 in Madison County Circuit Court.

He says he was working for the casino, which is located on the Mississippi River in Madison County, on April 7, 2007, when he was injured as he was picking up furnishings to assist an elderly customer.

Because of the incident, Meinhardt says he experienced past and future pain, suffering, disability and disfigurement and incurred medical costs. He also experienced past and future loss of a normal life, loss of income and an increased risk of future injury, according to the complaint.

Alton Belle Casino negligently failed to provide a safe work place, failed to provide safe equipment, failed to warn Meinhardt of the dangerous conditions on the barge, failed to inspect the barge and failed to provide sufficient employees to perform work on the barge, the suit states.

In addition to the $50,000, Meinhardt is seeking costs.

William E. Miller II of Alton will be representing him.

Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-359.

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