Robbie Hargett Sep. 23, 2015, 12:50pm


A man is suing a supermarket after he allegedly slipped and fell on a puddle of water.

Terrance Higgins filed a complaint on Sept. 4 in St. Clair County Circuit Court against Gateway 1 Inc., doing business as Gateway Supermarket, citing negligence.

According to the complaint, Higgins claims he was walking through Gateway Supermarket in East St. Louis on June 27 when he suddenly slipped and fell to the ground, where he was unable to get up and remained lying in accumulated water from a leaking storage freezer.

The complaint states the defendant was negligent in failing to maintain a safe premises, allowing substances to accumulate upon stair treads frequently traveled upon by patrons, and failing to warn of the hazardous condition, among other negligent acts or omissions.

As a result of the accident, Higgins claims he sustained injuries, including a compression fracture to his cervical spine and sprains and strains to his back and neck, for which he has incurred medical expenses.

Higgins seeks a judgment of more than $50,000, plus costs of the suit.

He is represented by Brian Stokes of The Stokes Law Office in St. Louis, Mo.

St. Clair County Circuit Court case number 15-L-499

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