American Legion bartender alleges injuries from trip, fall

By Angelica Saylo Pilo | Feb 1, 2018

BELLEVILLE – A bartender at a Dupo organization alleges she was injured while walking on a concrete ramp while working.

Suzanne Stricklin filed a complaint on Jan. 22 in the St. Clair County Circuit Court against Alan Hoock, individually and doing business as American Legion Post 485, and Prairie Dupont Post No. 485 of the American Legion Department of Illinois, alleging negligence.

According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that on Jan. 24, 2016, she was in the course and scope of her employment with the defendants as a bartender. She claims she was injured when she tripped and fell while walking down a concrete ramp. 

As a result, Stricklin claims she sustained serious and significant injuries to her left foot, left heel, left ankle, left leg and left shoulder. 

The plaintiff alleges the defendants negligently permitted a slippery and/or worn down and unsecured rug to remain in a dangerous condition, failed to make the premises safe and failed to provide warning signs that such condition existed in the area.

The plaintiff seeks judgment against the defendants in an amount of more than $50,000, plus costs of court. 

She is represented by Steven A. Katzman of Katzman & Sugden LLC in Belleville.

St. Clair County Circuit Court case number 18-L-43

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