A man claims he tore his rotator cuff after falling on ice at a Belleville couple's home.

Ed Adams filed a lawsuit Feb. 1 in St. Clair County Circuit Court against Betty and Rolf Jacobsen.

Adams claims he visited the Jacobsens on Feb. 3, 2008, when he went to assist a fellow guest who had fallen. As he bent over to help the guest up, Adams slipped on an unnatural accumulation of ice, which had formed on a sloped area between the carports and asphalt driveway, according to the complaint.

Because of his fall, Adams sustained an injury to his right shoulder, including a torn rotator cuff; suffered pain, disability and loss of a normal life; lost earnings; and incurred medical costs, the suit states.

He blames the Jacobsens for causing his fall, saying they permitted a hazardous condition to exist on their driveway and allowed an unnatural accumulation of ice to exist.

In his two-count suit, Adams seeks a judgment of more than $100,000, plus costs.

James E. Gorman and Michael J. Hertz of Lucco, Brown, Threlkeld and Dawson in Edwardsville will be representing him.

St. Clair County Circuit Court case number: 10-L-45.

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