A carpenter alleging he was injured in a fall from a structure at an O'Fallon home is suing the property owner and material supplier.

Victor Betancourt, an area carpenter, filed a lawsuit on Oct. 26 against Michael Pederson and Menards Corporation in the St. Clair County Circuit Court, alleging negligence arising out of the plaintiff's fall from a structure built at the Pedersons' O'Fallon home with lumber purchased from Menards.

According to the complaint, Betancourt alleges the Pederson failed to provide him with a safe working structure. He also alleges the materials sold by Menards were unsafe.

The plaintiff claims he injured his head, neck, ears, brain, skull and ribs as a result of the fall.

The plaintiff is seeking damages in excess of $50,000, plus punitive damages and costs.

He is represented by Charles R. Scanlon of St. Louis.

St. Clair County Circuit Court case number 15-L-605

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