A local woman brought suit against Kerasotes Showplace Theater in Edwardsville, Illinois over a defective step. Interestingly, the entire trip and fall is on video. The movie goer walked down some steps in the middle of the movie to use the restroom. Between the upper and lower seats is a walkway. However, the walkway had about a 4 inch raise – for no apparent reason. It appears to be a design flaw. The woman fell straight to the ground when her foot struck the step, resulting in a signficant knee injury and surgery.
The defect is believed to be in every theater at the Edwardsville theater. Depositions have revealed that perhaps 10 or more people fell on the same or similar defect as Plaintiff. The “incident reports” produced in the lawsuit by Kerasotes indicate injuries have occurred to numerous victims and Kerasotes has yet to remedy the situation.
In trip and fall type cases, a Plaintiff must prove that the owner had knowledge of a dangerous condition. It is often difficult to prove a Defendant knew or should have known of a dangerous condition – they regularly deny knowledge of a defect. Here, Kerasotas acknowledges the situation via numerous reports, but has failed to make the condition safer for customers.
In addition to this case, the law firm of WWF&G handles numerous lawsuits similar to the one at hand, and in fact, has a second case involving this theater. If you were injured by a defect at a business (i.e. McDonalds, Gas Stations, Restaurants, Parking Lots, Department Stores), please call us for a free consultation at 618-462-1077.