A woman claims she required surgery on her right knee after falling on a liquid substance at an East St. Louis store.

Vivian Thompson filed a lawsuit May 5 in St. Clair County Circuit Court against Urban Brands Inc. doing business as Ashley Stewart.

Thompson claims she visited Ashley Stewart on Oct. 29, 2008, when the incident occurred. As Thompson walked back to the fitting room to try on clothes, she slipped and fell on a liquid substance on the floor, according to the complaint.

Because of her fall, Thompson sustained injuries to her right knee, back and right side; suffered great physical pain and mental anguish; incurred medical costs and will be unable to return to her usual activities, the suit states.

Thompson blames Urban Brands for failing to properly maintain walkways for its customers, for failing to routinely inspect walkways, for failing to have routine and proper inspections of walkways, for allowing a foreign liquid substance to remain on its walkways, for failing to warn Thompson of the dangerous condition and for failing a warning sign in the area, the complaint says.

In her complaint, Thompson seeks a judgment of more than $50,000, plus costs.

Michael P. Glisson of Williamson, Webster, Falb and Glisson in Alton will be representing her.

St. Clair County Circuit Court case number: 10-L-223.

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