BELLEVILLE – A Belleville woman is suing a furniture store after a bed she had delivered and assembled by the company allegedly collapsed with her child in it.
Melissa Rockwell-Hopkins filed the suit Nov. 13 in St. Clair County Circuit Court against Phillips Home Stores, which does business as Ashley Furniture Homestores-Shiloh.
After the plaintiff purchased the bed in April, the defendant delivered and assembled the bed on May 9. The suit alleges, however, that the defendant's employee failed to use the proper parts for the setup of the bed, including the proper supports for the mattress; and failed to warn her and her family that the bed was unsafe.
As a result, when she put her child to bed on May 30, the bed allegedly collapsed, causing injuries and damages, including medical bills, lost wages, past and future pain, and loss of a normal life.
Rockwell-Hopkins seeks at least $50,000 plus court costs and attorney fees. She is represented by Jon E. Rosenstengel of Bonifield & Rosenstengel of Belleville.
St. Clair County Circuit Court case number 15-L-647