'Frozen' ice not removed from parking lot, personal injury suit claims

By Ann Knef | Apr 7, 2008

Fairview Heights Metro station

Laurie A. Mueller-Bevirt filed a personal injury complaint against Bi-State Development Agency for injuries she sustained in the parking lot of the Fairview Heights Metro station on Feb. 2.

According to a suit filed March 31 in St. Clair County Circuit Court, Mueller-Bevirt fell in the handicapped parking lot while walking to purchase a ticket.

She claims Bi-State is negligent for failing to warn her of "refrozing (sic) ice" which had formed on the parking lot from snow melting off a snow pile.

Mueller-Bevirt, represented by Brad Badgley of Belleville, also claims Bi-State is negligent for failing to "remove, salt or otherwise treat with chemicals, frozen ice which had formed from snow melting off a snow pile after the defendant knew or should have known of the existence of the same."

"As a further result of the foregoing, the plaintiff, Laurie A. Mueller-Bevirt, sustained injuries to various parts of her body from all of which she has and in the future will suffer pain, permanent disability and disfigurement," the complaint states.

Mueller-Bevirt is seeking in excess of $50,000 in damages. She claims she has incurred medical expenses and has lost wages.

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