Molly English-Bowers Dec. 4, 2015, 2:13pm


An Illinois man is suing a Belleville fairgrounds, alleging negligence for injuries allegedly suffered when a chair he was sitting in collapsed.

Jack Lutz filed the lawsuit on Oct. 19 in St. Clair County Circuit Court against Belleclair Fairgrounds Park in Belleville.

The fairgrounds park is rented to groups for flea markets and antique shows. According to the complaint, on July 20, 2014, Lutz was displaying antiques in a booth he rented, and included with the rental were a table and chair. At one point, the plaintiff sat in the chair and it allegedly collapsed, causing him to fall to the floor, the suit says.

As a result, the plaintiff says he was injured both internally and externally to his head, body, limbs and spine. The suit alleges Lutz has sustained medical expenses of $23,000, and that the defendant's carelessness and negligence caused the plaintiff to lose the ability to enjoy life. 

Lutz seeks at least $50,000, plus court costs and attorney fees. He is represented by attorney Thomas G. Kemper of Butler & Kemper of Granite City.

St. Clair County Circuit Court Case number 15-L-589

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