A man has filed suit against the owner of an apartment complex where he alleges he fell on defective stairs.

In a lawsuit filed Oct. 14 in the Cook County Circuit Court, John Carlberg alleges he was visiting property owned by Ana A. Ponce in the 5000 block of West Berenice Avenue on June 18, 2013, when he slipped and fell on defective stairs.

Because of the incident, Carlberg claims he suffered severe and permanent injuries, was hindered and prevented from attending to his usual duties and endured great pain and anguish. He also incurred medical costs, the suit states.

Carlberg accuses Ponce of negligently managing the property, failing to remove the dangerous condition, not taking any safety precautions to remove the condition and failing to properly inspect the premises, among other allegations.

In his complaint, Carlberg seeks an unspecified judgment, plus costs. He is being represented by Chicago attorney Robert A. Langendorf.

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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