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Man sues Joliet Red Lobster after tripping over broom

Claims he sustained 'permanent injuries' after tripping over broom

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After tripping over a push broom in May 2016, James Pruitt recently filed a civil lawsuit against the Red Lobster near the Louis Joliet Mall after suffering “severe and permanent injuries.”

The lawsuit claims Pruitt tripped over the broom when a restaurant host led him through a walkway to his seat. The walkway allegedly was dark and crowded with customers. The lawsuit said the employees knew or should have known about the danger of the broom’s placement.

The restaurant created dangerous conditions, according to the suit. Pruitt is seeking more than $50,000 from the restaurant chain in damages.

Because of his alleged injuries, the lawsuit said he “will be hindered and prevented from attending to his usual duties and affairs of life.” It said Pruitt lost valuable time and will “continue to suffer.”

“[Pruitt] further expended and became liable for, and will expend and become liable for, large sums of money for medical care and services endeavoring to become healed and cured of said injuries,” according to the lawsuit.

The types of injuries suffered were not disclosed in the lawsuit. Pruitt’s lawyer, Glenn Curran from the Chicago-based law firm Alberts, Curran and Eiler, declined to comment on the case.

“The safety and well-being of our guests and team members is a top priority,” said Nicole Bott, director of communications for Red Lobster. “Since this is an open legal matter, I can’t share any additional information at this time.”