Adverse reaction to wash formula alleged in suit

By Steve Gonzalez | Feb 26, 2008

A woman who slipped on a floor mat at an area gas station filed a personal injury suit against the supplier of the mats in Madison County Circuit Court Feb. 22.

Deborah Sladek claims she was working at the Edwardsville Motomart on Feb. 1, 2007, when she tripped over a floor mat causing permanent injures to her right knee.

According to the suit, the defendant, Aramark Uniform Services Midwest, supplied, delivered, inspected and cleaned Motomart's floor mats.

Sladek claims Aramark had previously been notified by customers that its floor mats would curl or become wavy which caused a slip and fall hazard for people encountering the floor mat.

According to Sladek, Motomart even went as far as informing Aramark that it should not deliver defective mats to its store.

"Aramark tested the mats at issue and acknowledged that the curling edge issue was caused by the mats adversely reacting to Aramark's wash formula," the complaint states.

She claims Aramark negligently supplied a defective floor mat, failed to inspect the floor mat and failed to warn Motomart of the defective floor mat.

Sladek claims her knee injury has caused her to sustain great pain and suffering, medical expenses and lost wages.

Represented by Matthew Chapman of Granite City, Sladek is seeking a judgment in excess of $50,000, plus costs.

The case has been assigned to Circuit Judge Barbara Crowder.

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