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Cleaning woman says slippery substance caused her to fall in client's home

By Kelly Issacs | Jul 17, 2014

A woman has filed suit against the owner of a Cook County home where she allegedly fell on a slippery substance after cleaning.

Zofia Polak filed suit July 8 in the Cook County Circuit Court against Surma Franciszka and Michael Haverty.

According to the complaint, Franciszka hired Polak to assist in cleaning Haverty’s home on July 9, 2012. She claims Haverty allegedly instructed her to exit through the garage, where there was a slippery substance that caused her to fall.

Polak contends that as a result of the injuries she sustained in the fall, she incurred medical costs and experienced pain and suffering.

She accuses the defendants of negligently directing her to carry debris and other materials from the house in an unsafe manner, failing to provide a safe working area, not providing her with adequate warnings and directing her to work in an area that was slippery.

Polak is seeking a judgment of more than $50,000, plus costs and other relief the court deems just. She is being represented by Chicago attorney Michael C. Goode.

Cook County Circuit Court Case No. 2014L007160.

This is a report on a civil lawsuit filed at Cook County Circuit Court. The details in this report come from an original complaint filed by a plaintiff. Please note that a complaint represents an accusation by a private individual, not the government. It is not an indication of guilt, and it represents only one side of the story.

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