Torrey A. Waterson claims a closed head injury and damage to his teeth and jaw after slipping on water or beer in Belleville resident Michael Helsinger's basement last year.

According to a $50,000 lawsuit filed against Helsinger in St. Clair County Circuit Court, Waterson was invited to Helsinger's home at 78 Friendly Dr. for the purpose of discussing remodeling on April 14, 2007.

"[T]he basement floor was wet and slippery due to water or beer leaking from a bucket containing various beverages," states the complaint filed Feb. 19.

Waterson, represented by James R. Mendillo of Freeark, Harvey, Mendillo, Dennis, Wuller, Cain & Murphy of Belleville, claims he has incurred medical expenses and suffered pain and disability.

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