St. Louis Bread Co. in Belleville

Injured St. Louis Bread Co. customer Antoinette Blanton claims the restaurant allowed the placement of an improperly placed welcome mat in an area provided for invitees' ingress and egress, according to a personal injury suit filed in St. Clair County Circuit Court.

The suit, filed Jan. 11, alleges Blanton suffered a fractured left hip and lacerations after tripping on the sidewalk at the Belleville restaurant on Jan. 14, 2005.

"All actions of plaintiff leading up to her injury were prudent and easily anticipated by defendant," the complaint states.

Represented by Gerald M. Dunne of Dunne Bodet & Green in Clayton, Mo., Blanton is seeking in excess of $25,000 in damages, but no more than $75,000 that will reasonably compensate her for her injuries and costs of the action.

Blanton claims medical expenses and lost wages.

She also alleges her head, skull, neck, body and limb, bones, discs, joints, muscles, tissues, nerves, membranes, ligaments, vessels and parts thereof, were severely bruised, contused, lacerated, sprained, strained, cracked, wrenched, swollen, weakened, twisted and torn. She also claims she sustained a sprain and strain of the neck, back, shoulders and the soft tissues thereof.

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