A Mascoutah man is accusing his former employer of negligence after allegedly injuring his shoulder during a tree-trimming job.
In a lawsuit filed Oct. 27, Americo Parisotto accuses Bryan Schaeferle and S&S Tree Service of negligence. Parisotto claims Schaeferle is to blame for a serious shoulder injury he suffered while working for S&S Tree Service in Belleville in June 2009.
Parisotto says Schaeferle was standing on a 12-foot ladder, using a pole saw to trim overhead limbs from a tree. Parisotto says his boss asked him to grab the lower end of the pole and then let go of the upper end without warning.
Parisotto says he tried to grab the pole saw as it was falling away from him and, as he did, heard a loud popping sound in his shoulder and a felt sharp pain. Parisotto contends Schaeferle was negligent for failing to warn him he was going to drop the pole.
Parisotto says he suffered serious injuries to his arm and shoulder which caused pain and mental anguish. He says he's been forced to pay medical bills and has lost income as a result of his injury.
Parisotto is asking for more than $50,000 from Shaeferle and S&S Tree Service along with court costs.
Attorney Kevin J. Kubitschek, of Belleville, is representing Parisotto.
St. Clair County Circuit Court Case No. 10-L-568