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Monday, August 19, 2019

Shopper alleges injuries when wood fell on him at Collinsville Home Depot

State Court

By John Breslin | Aug 2, 2019


EDWARDSVILLE –  A shopper is suing Home Depot claiming he was injured when poorly stacked wood at the chain's Collinsville store fell on him.

Mitchell Adams filed his complaint July 19 in Madison County Circuit Court claiming he was struck by the wood that fell on him as he walked in an aisle of the store on Feb. 23. Adams claims he injured his left arm and various parts of his upper body, causing him disability, pain and suffering, the suit states.

Home Depot officials did not immediately respond to a request for comment from the Record.

Adams accuses store employees of allowing a "certain amount of wood to be stacked in such a manner that it broke loose and made contact with the plaintiff."

He claims the employees had a duty to take reasonable care when dealing with the public to avoid the "infliction of injury or distress on their customers and the public at large."

The complaint states that the wood was stacked without a proper bar or bracing to prevent it from falling and that employees failed to check if a safety bar was in place.

Adams alleges there was no warning from the store about the dangerous conditions before the lumber fell.

Adams is seeking more than $50,000, but less than $60,000, for medical treatment costs, future costs, lost wages and the potential loss of future earnings.

He is represented by attorney John Hustava of Collinsville.

Madison County Circuit Court case number 19-L-1002

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