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Man sues Century Brass Works after falling on ice

By Molly English-Bowers | Feb 26, 2016

BELLEVILLE – An Illinois man is suing a Belleville brass business, alleging negligence for injuries he says he suffered when he slipped and fell walking in the defendant's parking lot.

Michael Wells filed the lawsuit Jan. 15 in St. Clair County Court against Century Brass Works Inc. and Century Casting Corporation, both in Belleville, alleging negligence.

According to the complaint, on Feb. 17, 2014, Wells entered Century's property legally and, as he was walking on the parking lot, he claims he slipped and fell. At the time of the fall, the suit says, the parking lot was allegedly in a dangerous and defective condition and not reasonably safe for public use because it was covered in ice.

The lawsuit states the defendants were negligent by failing to remove the dangerous icy condition, failing to prevent the public from encountering the dangerous condition and failing to warn the public of the dangerous condition.

As a result of the fall, the plaintiff claims he experienced severe bruising, contusions, lacerations, sprains, strains, swollen and inflamed bones, joints, muscles, tendons, ligaments, skin and vessels. His right arm was allegedly fractured in multiple places, he has experienced severe pain and anguish and has been impaired and disfigured, the complaint says.


The plaintiff alleges he has spent more than $37,000 for medical care and he expects such care to be necessary well into the future. He has lost his ability to work and earn money and to enjoy the ordinary pursuits of life, the suit says.

Wells seeks more than $50,000, plus prejudgment interest, court costs and other relief the court deems just and proper, plus a trial by jury. He is represented by attorney Reiad M. Khouri of the Khouri Law Firm LLC in St. Louis.

St. Clair County Circuit Court case number 16-L-31

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