Couple sues over wife's fall allegedly caused by shoddy maintenance work

By Dan Harkins | Jul 16, 2015

A Missouri couple is suing the city and two companies charged with maintaining Chicago O'Hare International Airport for injuries the wife suffered in a fall while trying to catch a connecting flight.

Mary and John Buck of Chesterfield, Mo., filed a complaint on July 10 in Cook County Circuit Court against United Maintenance Co. Inc., the city of Chicago and Host International Inc.

On July 13, 2014, Mary Buck exited Gate C-7 at Chicago O'Hare International Airport and was walking to a connecting flight. According to the lawsuit, when she passed a Starbuck's near Gate C-1 in Terminal 1, a broken piece of metal trim on the floor allegedly caused her to trip and fall.

The area was crowded at the time, the lawsuit states, and Buck landed on a mop bucket left in the walkway.

The defendants are cited for letting the broken metal trim remain on the floor, the mop bucket remain in a walkway and for not warning Buck and others about hazardous conditions that allegedly led to Buck's injuries.

Buck suffered a broken right shoulder and arm, and the thumb nail on her left hand separated from the nail bed and was bleeding. In addition to these injuries, the lawsuit states, she also suffered pain and suffering, loss of a normal life and medical expenses.

Mary Buck seeks damages of more than $150,000, plus costs -- $50,000 from each defendant. Her husband, citing loss of consortium, seeks more than $50,000, plus costs, from the three defendants jointly.

The plaintiffs are represented by David S. Corwin, of Sher, Corwin and Winters LLC, in St. Louis, and Cornelius McKnight, of McKnight, Kitzinger and Pravdic LLC, in Chicago.

Cook County Circuit Court case number 2015L007057.

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