Missouri woman sues Eckert's after door hits her in face

Andrea Dearden Sep. 30, 2010, 1:37am

A Missouri woman is suing Eckert's after an automatic exit door allegedly malfunctioned, opened without warning and hit her in the face.

Edna Daily filed a complaint against Eckert's Inc and Eckert's Holdings LLC Sept. 16 in St. Clair County Circuit Court, claiming the company is liable for injuries she suffered at its Belleville orchard in September 2008.

Daily says she was visiting Eckert's Orchards and was preparing to walk in the entrance when the adjacent exit door unexpectedly opened outward and hit her. Daily says there was no one near the door to trigger the door to open.

Daily claims she was hit violently by the door and suffered serious injuries to her head, neck and shoulder.

The woman accuses Eckert's of negligence for failing to provide a properly-functioning door, failing to warn patrons the door may open suddenly even when not being used and for putting the walkway too close to the exit door.

Daily is asking the defendants to compensate her for medical expenses, physical pain and suffering, emotional pain and suffering and permanent disability.

Attorney Joseph L. Bauer Jr. of Bauer & Baebler in St. Louis is representing Daily. She demands a jury trial.

St. Clair County Circuit Court Case No. 10-L-470.

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