Kevin Shepke Aug. 20, 2015, 1:25pm

A Cook County-based insurance company is suing over claims that an employee of a represented plumbing company was injured on the job.

Pekin Insurance Co., as subrogee of Best Plumbing Inc. and Ken Mitera, filed a lawsuit Aug. 11 in Cook County Circuit Court against Friedler Construction Co., citing negligence.

According to the claim, Best Plumbing had been retained by Friedler Construction for work in a public school's boiler/mechanical room. Mitera, who is an employee of Best Plumbing Inc., was injured when he tripped and fell on a discarded piece of conduit left by a Friedler affiliate while coming off a ladder in the room on Aug. 21, 2014 – causing him personal injuries, including a tear to his meniscus.

Pekin Insurance is seeking damages for Best Plumbing and Mitera in the amount of $72,525.42 for Mitera’s medical expenses , plus the costs of this suit for Friedler Construction Co.’s negligence to not tend to electrical debris left on the floor in the boiler/mechanical room after it completed work in the same public school that day, the claim states.

They are being represented by Russell M. Barnett of Esp Kreuzer Cores in Wheaton.

Cook County Circuit Court case number 2015L008181.

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