Oliver C. Joseph sued over customer's trip on slippery tile

Kelly Holleran Oct. 9, 2012, 12:45pm

A woman claims she broke two fingers after falling at an automotive repair facility.

Pamela Hill filed a lawsuit Sept. 10 in St. Clair County Circuit Court against Oliver C. Joseph Inc.

In her complaint, Hill claims Oliver C. Joseph Inc. was repairing her vehicle at its Belleville facilities. On Sept. 10, 2010, Hill arrived at Oliver C. Joseph to pick up her car when she slipped and fell on slippery tile at the entrance and caught her hand in the license plate of a display vehicle.

"At said time and place, the ceramic floor was wet and slick from rain," the suit states.

In addition to her two broken fingers, Hill claims she sustained nerve damages, incurred medical costs and experienced pain and suffering because of the fall. She also lost wages, suffered disfigurement and lost her enjoyment of life, according to the complaint.

Hill blames Oliver C. Joseph for contributing to her fall, saying the company negligently failed to coat ceramic tile with a sandy, non-slick surface, failed to cover the ceramic with a coating that would prevent falling when it was wet, failed to provide a safe entrance and failed to place warnings of a slippery surface.

Michael L. McGlynn of Belleville will be representing her.

St. Clair County Circuit Court case number: 12-L-469.

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