BELLEVILLE — A woman is suing Helia Southbelt Healthcare LLC, a nursing home, citing alleged insufficient measures were taken to prevent injuries she experienced in the facility due to a slip and fall.

Marcella Buckley filed a complaint on March 28 in the St. Clair County Circuit Court alleging that the facility breached its duty to maintain the premises in a reasonably safe condition.

According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that on Feb. 10, 2017, she was a lawful invitee at defendant's premises exercising due care for her own safety when she slipped on food that had accumulated on the floor. Plaintiff claims she sustained severe injuries to her back, shoulder, right knee and others parts of the body that caused her to suffer physical and mental pain, medical expenses and disability. The plaintiff holds Helia Southbelt responsible because it allegedly negligently created and permitted a dangerous condition to exist on or about the premises and failed to place warning signs around the area where she fell.

The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks damages in excess of $50,000, plus costs of this suit. She is represented by Thomas C. Rich, Kristina D. Cooksey and Michelle M. Rich of Rich, Rich & Cooksey PC in Fairview Heights.

St. Clair County Circuit Court case number 17-L-157

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