Icy slip in Wilke parking lot leads to suit

Kelly Holleran Oct. 10, 2012, 9:22am


Kopis

A man and his wife claim they suffered multiple injuries after both fell on a slippery, icy section of a Shiloh parking lot.

Elsie and Joseph Smith filed a lawsuit Sept. 18 in St. Clair County Circuit Court against Illinois Closet Concepts, Ambrosia Land Investments and Wilke Window and Door Company Incorporated.

In their complaint, the Smiths claim Joseph Smith parked his van outside of Illinois Closet Concepts at 3512 Lebanon Ave. in Shiloh on Dec. 17, 2010, when he slipped and fell on an unnatural accumulation of ice and hit his head on the ground. Seeing her husband tumble to the ground, Elsie Smith ventured around the front of the van when she slipped on the accumulated ice and slammed her hand into a retaining wall in front of the van, according to the complaint.

Because of the incident, Joseph Smith suffered extensive injuries to his head and has been experiencing headaches while his wife sustained injuries to her right wrist, hand and middle finger, the suit states. Both Smiths endured disability and disfigurement, suffered great physical pain and mental anguish, incurred medical costs and lost her ability to enjoy her normal life, the complaint says.

The Smiths blame Illinois Closet Concepts and Ambrosia Land Investments and Wilke Window and Door Company, which both owned the premises where the incident occurred, for causing their injuries, saying the defendants negligently failed to properly maintain the premises, failed to properly remove the unnatural accumulation of snow, failed to properly warn of the unnatural accumulation of snow and failed to maintain their premises in a safe condition.

In their nine-count complaint, the Smiths seek a judgment of more than $450,000, plus costs.

Jeffrey A. Kopis of Kopis Law Office in Belleville will be representing them.

St. Clair County Circuit Court case number: 12-L-495.

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