A Cook County man is suing a Chicago restaurant business, alleging premises negligence after he fell down the stairs.

Thomas Burke filed a complaint June 11 in Cook County Circuit Court, against Kerouac’s Café Inc., alleging premises liability in a 2014 accident.

According to the complaint, on April 17, 2014, Burke was lawfully walking on the premises of the defendant-owned Grandview Tavern & Beer Garden, 1202 W. Grand Ave., Chicago, when he fell sideways off a step leading to an outdoor patio and then tumbled down a flight of stairs.

The suit says the defendant was negligent in: failing to adequately inspect, supervise and maintain a public area safely; warn the plaintiff of unsafe conditions; and provide a railing and/or warning sign to protect customers from falls.

The suit alleges the plaintiff sustained: severe and permanent injuries; physical pain; mental anguish and suffering; medical expenses including surgical consultations; and loss of a normal life.

Burke seeks damages in excess of $50,000 plus attorney fees and costs. He is represented by attorney Jeffrey Schwartz of Kralovec, Jambois & Schwartz in Chicago.

Cook County Circuit Court case number 2015L0006077.

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