Chester Evans filed a personal injury suit against retail giant Wal-Mart in federal court, alleging he was injured while shopping at the Belleville Wal-Mart on Nov. 10, 2002.
Evans claims he slipped and fell on a clear piece of plastic which was partially attached to a pallet and partially lying in the aisle causing him to sustain severe injuries.
According to the suit filed Dec. 22 in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District, Wal-Mart failed to maintain its premises in a reasonably clean condition.
The store allowed plastic to remain on the floor in an area where customers would be walking and it failed to periodically inspect for accumulation of foreign substances on the floor, the suit claims.
Evans also claims Wal-Mart violated corporate policy by failing to warn of the plastic on the floor.
Evans claims he sustained severe and permanent injuries to his feet, legs and back, suffered great pain and mental anguish, lost wages and has paid or will become liable to pay medical expenses.
He is seeking damages in excess of $75,000 plus all costs of the suit.
Evans is represented by Michael Cook of Cook, Ysursa, Bartholomew, Brauer & Shevlin in Belleville.
The case has been assigned to Chief District Judge G. Patrick Murphy.