Spectator forced to step up four inches sues Soccer for Fun

Kelly Holleran Jul. 22, 2009, 7:56am

A woman has filed suit against Soccer for Fun, alleging she broke her right shoulder after she tripped over an elevated entrance.

Pauline Stark claims she was a spectator at Soccer for Fun at 4141 Highway 111 in Granite City on Jan. 18 at about 5:30 p.m. when the incident occurred.

In order to enter the facility, patrons were forced to step up four inches from the outside elevation to the inside elevation, according to the complaint filed July 20 in Madison County Circuit Court.

"Plaintiff Pauline Stark, on January 18, 2009, tripped on the step and fell down on her right arm, breaking her right shoulder," the complaint says.

Because of her fall, Stark sustained permanent and progressive injuries, disability, loss of a normal life, pain and suffering and incurred medical expenses, the suit states. She also claims she lost wages.

Soccer for Fun negligently failed to have a floor surface on both sides of the door at the same elevation, had an approximate four-inch step up at the threshold of the entrance door and failed to have sufficient artificial lighting, according to the complaint.

Stark is seeking a judgment of more than $50,000, plus costs.

She is represented by Del A. Goldenhersh of Knapp, Ohl, Green and Marron in Edwardsville.

Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-744.

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