Christina Stueve Hodges Jun. 27, 2013, 12:21pm

A St. Clair County man’s case against Ameren UE for injuries he allegedly sustained while walking on a parking lot has settled.

St. Clair County Circuit Judge Robert LeChien on June 11 signed an order, writing that parties had announced the case settled.

Plaintiff Ward E. Newton filed suit March 13 against Union Electric Company, also known as Ameren UE or Ameren Illinois Company.

In his complaint, Newton alleged he was walking on a parking lot and sidewalk near 50 Ludwig Drive in Fairview Heights on March 18, 2011, when an unsecured utility cover popped open and caused him to fall into a four-foot hole. He then sustained hip, hand, back and nerve injuries, according to the complaint.

In addition to his injuries, Newton incurred medical costs, experienced pain and suffering, endured disfigurement and lost his enjoyment of life, according to the complaint.

Newton blamed Ameren for causing his injuries, saying the company negligently failed to properly secure its utility cover, failed to properly maintain the utility cover, failed to inspect the cover and engaged in reckless conduct.

In his complaint, Newton sought more than $50,000.

Michael L. McGlynn of McGlynn and McGlynn in Belleville represents Newton.

St. Clair County Circuit Court case number: 13-L-139.

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