A man has filed suit against the Belleville medical center where he claims he fell on a slippery substance.

Denerio C. Williams claims he was taking his grandmother to an appointment at defendant Southern Illinois Healthcare Foundation at 7210 West Main St. in Belleville on Aug. 4. As Williams was accompanying his grandmother to a waiting area, he fell on a slippery substance on the floor, according to the complaint filed Jan. 12 in St. Clair County Circuit Court.

Because of his fall, Williams sustained injuries to his head, neck, back, ribs and arms and experienced physical pain and mental anguish, the suit states. He also incurred medical costs and lost wages, the complaint says.

Williams blames Southern Illinois Healthcare Foundation for causing his injuries, saying it negligently failed to keep the floor in a safe condition, allowed a slippery substance to remain on the floor, failed to warn of the danger of a slippery substance on the floor and failed to install a nonslip surface on the floor.

In his complaint, Williams is seeking a judgment of more than $50,000, plus costs and other relief the court deems just.

Rhonda D. Fiss of The Law Office of Rhonda D. Fiss in Belleville will be representing him.

St. Clair County Circuit Court case number: 12-L-20.

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