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Slip, fall suit against Edwardsville restaurant settles days before trial set to begin


By Heather Isringhausen Gvillo | Sep 19, 2018


A man alleging he slipped and fell at the Edwardsville 54th Street Grill & Bar has settled his case with the restaurant just before it was set to go to trial.

On Sept. 13, Madison County Circuit Judge Barbara Crowder canceled the Sept. 17 trial setting after the parties announced a settlement.

She scheduled a status conference for Oct. 25 at 9 a.m.

Thomas Detienne filed his complaint on May 5, 2015 against Kellan Restaurant Management Corp., doing business as 54th Street Grill & Bar.

According to the complaint, Detienne alleged he was a customer at the Edwardsville 54th Street restaurant on July 14, 2014. While there, he claims he slipped and fell in a pool of water that was allowed to accumulate.

As a result, he claimed he suffered injuries, became disabled, incurred medical expenses and lost income.

Detienne alleged the defendant negligently maintained the premises, allowed a water leak to persist after learning of its existence, failed to repair the water leak, allowed a pool of water to exist on the floor, failed to erect barriers around the pool of water and failed to warn patrons of the hazard.

The defendants answered the complaint through attorney Marcus J. Raymond of Maryland Heights in June 2015.

In its affirmative defenses, the defendant argued that the plaintiff contributed to his own injuries by failing to keep a careful lookout for his own safety, failing to adhere to warnings and signs and failing to avoid the alleged hazard.

The restaurant also alleged Detienne voluntarily became intoxicated and was unable to maintain his balance or reflexes.

Detienne is represented by Gregory Tobin of Pratt & Tobin PC in East Alton.

Madison County Circuit Court case number 15-L-565

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