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Auction house owner blames patron’s own negligence in personal injury suit

By Heather Isringhausen Gvillo | Jul 20, 2015

An auction house and owner claim a patron’s own negligence caused his alleged injuries when a folding chair he was sitting in collapsed beneath him.

Michael Orasco filed a lawsuit on May 22 against Michael Dixon, doing business as Dixon’s Tradin Post.

According to the complaint, the plaintiff was on the defendant’s premises, located at 7135 Grand Ave. in Granite City, on or about May 2, 2014. Orasco claims he allegedly sustained injuries when he sat in the defendant’s folding chair and it collapsed.

The plaintiff claims the defendant should have known that its seating product was defective and created a risk of hazard to retail visitors.

Dixon denied the allegations in his June 17 answer to the complaint. Instead, he claims any alleged injuries are the result of the plaintiff’s own carelessness.

Orasco alleges injuries to his lumbar, cervical and vertebral discs, muscles, ligaments and bones. He also alleges permanent, progressive damage to his neck, torso and shoulders.

He seeks damages in excess of $25,000, plus attorneys’ fees and costs.

The plaintiff is represented by William Meehan of Meehan Law Firm in University City, Mo.

Dixon is represented by James Harfist of Clayton, Mo.

Madison County Circuit Court case number 15-L-669

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