A man injured while trying to enter the Godfrey McDonald's filed suit alleging the fast food chain failed to keep its premises clear of tripping hazards.

Nicholas Catanzaro claims he tripped and fell with "great force and violence" when entering the McDonald's located at 5511 Godfrey Road in Godfrey on Dec. 30, 2007.

According to the suit filed Aug. 28 in Madison County Circuit Court, the front bumper of other patrons' vehicles were pulled up too far blocking the sidewalk entirely which caused him to use the grassy area next to the sidewalk when walking toward the entrance.

Catanzaro alleges McDonald's was responsible for the fall by negligently designing the walkway for its customers and by failing to exercise reasonable care to keep its property in a safe condition.

He claims the fall caused him to sustain injuries to his ribs, back, knees and other areas of his body which caused and continues to cause great physical pain and mental anguish, medical expenses, disfigurement, loss of a normal life and lost wages.

Catanzaro is seeking damages in excess of $15,000, but less that $50,000, plus costs of the suit.

Alton attorney Michael Glisson of Williamson, Webster, Falb & Glisson will represent Catanzaro in the case.

The case is awaiting mandatory arbitration.

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