BELLEVILLE — A union laborer accuses a general contractor of not providing a safe place to work.
Dean J. Muetz filed a complaint on Sept. 19 in St. Clair County Circuit Court against DMS Contracting Inc.
According to the complaint, the plaintiff worked for the defendant's subcontractor and injured his shoulder while lifting a 10-gallon water cooler, weighing approximately 70 pounds. He suffered severe and permanent injuries resulting great pain and emotional injuries, disfigurement, lost wages and medical expenses, the complaint states. The plaintiff alleges the defendant did not require the subcontractor meet Illinois Department of Transportation specifications for water coolers.
The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks judgment against defendant in an amount in excess of $50,000, plus costs. He is represented by Kenneth L. Halvachs and Ronald J. Abernathy Jr. of Halvachs & Abernathy LLC in Belleville.
St. Clair County Circuit Court case number 18-L-611