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Schnuck Market sued for man's injuries in fall

By Molly English-Bowers | Dec 20, 2015

An Illinois man recently filed suit against a grocery store after he allegedly slipped and fell on ice in its parking lot. 

Lawrence Butler filed the suit on Dec. 1 in Madison County Circuit Court against Schnuck Markets Inc. and Hanks Excavating and Landscaping Inc., which was hired to keep the parking lot clear of ice and snow.

According to the complaint, the plaintiff was grocery shopping at the Schnuck Market at 2511 E. State St. in East St. Louis on Jan. 27, 2014. After leaving the store, the plaintiff was walking toward his vehicle when he claims he slipped on ice that had allegedly accumulated due to improper shoveling and plowing or improper chemical treatment of the parking lot.

The suit alleges both defendants were negligent in failing to maintain the parking lot in a reasonably safe condition, failing to adequately remove snow and ice from the parking lot and failing to warn customers of the dangerous condition of the parking lot.

As a result of fall, the plaintiff allegedly incurred pain and disability, accumulated ongoing medical expenses, and has lost wages and expects to continue to do so in the future.

Butler seeks at least $50,000 from each defendant plus court costs and attorney fees. He is represented by Larry Darr of the Darr Firm in Alton.

Madison County Circuit Court case number 15-L-1551

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