Woman sues McDonald's after tripping on stacked mats

Kelly Holleran Jul. 10, 2012, 2:22am


A Madison County woman claims she broke her leg while attempting to get a drink at a McDonald's restaurant.

Cecelia Slack claims she was walking to sit in a seat after filling her drink at the McDonald's at 2400 Homer Adams Parkway in Alton on Aug. 3, 2010, when she tripped and fell on mats that had been stacked on top of one another.

In addition to her broken right femur, Slack suffered severe pain and mental anguish, sustained severe and permanent injuries and has endured an impaired ability to enjoy life because of her fall, according to the complaint filed June 20 in Madison County Circuit Court.

She blames Bold Enterprises, which owned the McDonald's, for contributing to her injuries, saying it negligently placed mats on top of each other, creating an uneven surface; placed mats with curved edges on the floor; and failed to fix the mats, among other negligent acts.

In her complaint, Slack is seeking a judgment of more than $50,000, plus costs and other relief the court deems just.

Todd W. Sivia of Sivia Business and Legal Services in Edwardsville and Reiad M. Khouri of Khouri Law Firm in St. Louis will be representing her.

Madison County Circuit Court case number: 12-L-868.

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