Building employee sues over injuries after drunk falls down on premises

By Carol Ostrow | Jul 3, 2015

A Cook County woman filed suit against a security company and a municipal corporation, claiming negligence and premises liability in a 2013 circumstance leading to on-the-job injuries in a public building.

Irma Orozco brought a lawsuit against Skytech Enterprises Ltd. of Bolingbrook and the city of Chicago on July 2 in Cook County Circuit Court, alleging several counts of negligence in a July 2013 incident.

According to the filing, Orozco was employed by ABM Janitorial and assigned to maintain The Garfield Community Service Center. The building is located at 10 S. Kedzie Ave. and owned by the city of Chicago Department of Family and Support Services.

The suit states that when the plaintiff was cleaning a stairway at the Garfield Center on July 8, 2014, an intoxicated man named Coleman entered stumbling and smelling of alcohol. According to papers filed, there had been several similar incidents previous to the July 8 event.

Court documents indicate that the man passed by Skytech security guards who took no action to protect him or other patrons. According to the suit, Coleman fell down the stairway where Orozco was cleaning, striking her and causing her to fall.

Claiming that Skytech violated building policy by allowing an intoxicated individual to enter and remain on the premises, the plaintiff maintains that the defendants failed to escort Coleman out, warn patrons, and take protective measures.

Orozco avers that she suffered a broken wrist and other injuries. Seeking damages in excess of $50,000 attorneys’ fees and costs, she is represented by Alexander Memmen of The Memmen Law Firm in Chicago.

Cook County Circuit Court case number 2015L006782.

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