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Apartment operators deny liability in man’s suit alleging injuries from collapsed terrace

By Heather Isringhausen Gvillo | Dec 20, 2016

Operators of an Alton apartment deny liability in a man’s suit alleging he fell several stories when a terrace collapsed.

Tyler Green filed the lawsuit on Oct. 7 against Russell Smith, Bossanova of Alton Inc., and Olive Oil Marketplace Inc.

According to the complaint, Green claims he was standing on the terrace of an apartment owned and operated by the defendants on Sept. 18 when it allegedly collapsed, causing him to fall multiple stories below.

As a result, Green claims he sustained life-threatening physical and neurological injuries that made him liable for large medical expenses.

The plaintiff alleges the defendants negligently operated an apartment that had an unsafe terrace and failed to maintain a property free of hazards.

Smith answered the complaint on Dec. 5 through attorney Beth Boggs and Michael Lach of Boggs, Avellino, Lach & Boggs in St. Louis, denying all allegations against him.

Bossanova of Alton answered the complaint on Dec. 6 through attorney James Leritz of Leritz & Plunkert in St. Louis. It denies all liability and argues that it is entitled to a set-off.

Bossanova of Alton denies that Olive Oil Market Place was owned or operated by Smith.

The defendant also asked to be dismissed from the suit.

Green seeks a judgment in excess of $50,000, plus court costs.

He is represented by Thomas Keefe of Keefe, Keefe & Unsell in Belleville.

Madison County Circuit Court case number 16-L-1413

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