CHARLESTON – A father and daughter are suing Harris Brothers Roofing Company for injuries they sustained due to its alleged negligence.


Christopher Stephens, an employee of Harris Brothers, was also named as a defendant in the suits.


On July 10, 2013, Mikaela Clark was operating her motor vehicle eastbound on I-64 in Charleston while Stephens  was operating a company roofing truck belonging to Harris Brothers, according to two complaint filed Jan. 23 and Jan. 26 in Kanawha Circuit Court.


Clark's father, Patrick Clark, was a passenger in the vehicle.


The plaintiffs claim a ladder fell off of Stephens' vehicle and landed in the roadway directly in the path where Mikaela Clark was operating her vehicle and she struck the ladder, which caused them physical and mental injuries.


The defendants were negligent in securing the ladder in a safe manner so as to prevent the ladder from falling off of the vehicle and causing damage to others, according to the suits.


The plaintiffs claim the defendants' negligence caused to them to incur medical bills, lost wages and other incidental expenses.


As a direct and proximate result of the defendants' negligence, the plaintiffs also endured physical and emotional pain and suffering; annoyance and inconvenience; and loss of capacity to enjoy life, according to the suit.


The plaintiffs are seeking compensatory damages. They are being represented by Michael J. Del Giudice of Ciccarello, Del Giudice & LaFon.


The cases are assigned to Circuit Judges Carrie Webster and Louis Bloom.


Kanawha Circuit Court case numbers: 15-C-140, 15-C-156

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