BELLEVILLE – A New Baden resident alleges he tripped and fell down stairs at a restaurant because no handrails or markers were present.

Robert Wasitis filed a complaint on Aug. 7 in the St. Clair County Circuit Court against A Fine Swine Barbeque LLC alleging negligence.

According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that on Oct. 12, 2016, he was an invitee on the defendant's premises when he tripped and fell due to a stairway with no handrails and no markings to indicate the height difference.

As a result, Wasitis claims he suffered injuries.

The plaintiff alleges the defendant failed to inspect, repair, and/or remedy the dangerous condition in accordance with industry norms and standards, failed to properly warn of the short flight of stairs and failed to provide handrails for the stairs.

The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks judgment for an equitable sum of more than $50,000 together with costs, and other relief deems just and fair. 

He is represented by Michael P. Glisson and Timothy J. Chartrand of Williamson, Webster, Falb & Glisson in Alton.

St. Clair County Circuit Court case number 17-L-1125

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