Woman trips over liquor promo display at O'Hare, sues beverage distributors

Carol Ostrow Jun. 10, 2015, 10:42am

A Cook County woman is suing several alcoholic beverage distributors after she allegedly tripped and fell over a promotional display in her office at O’Hare International Airport.

Lucille Paet-Smith filed suit June 5 in Cook County Circuit Court against Wirtz Beverage Illinois; Wirtz Beverage Group; Windy City Liquors Inc.; and Momentum Worldwide, alleging negligence in a 2013 accident.

According to the complaint, on June 14, 2013, the defendants conducted a promotional event for Glenfiddich at the United Club at the airport, using a stand-up display that caused Paet-Smith to trip and fall. The suit says the defendants owed a duty to operate the display without injuring the plaintiff; they were liable for negligently erecting the display too close to the plaintiff’s desk; they should have known that it would create a potential hazard; and they failed to warn her of its position.

Paet-Smith alleges internal and external injuries, and says she has suffered pain and anguish, lost wages, limitation of daily activities and medical expenses.

Paet-Smith seeks damages of more than $50,000, plus attorney fees and costs. She is represented by attorney Fred I. Benjamin, of Benjamin and Shapiro in Chicago.

Cook County Circuit Court Case No.: 15-L-5746.

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