Charleston Civic Center

CHARLESTON – A woman didn't have the luck of the Irish last St. Patrick's Day when she fell while working at the Charleston Civic Center, she claims in a lawsuit.

Portia A. and Lloyd L. Roach filed the suit Jan. 18 in Kanawha Circuit Court. The suit says Portia Roach was operating a booth March 17, 2005, as a vendor for Boston Culinary Group Inc., doing business as Distinctive Gourmet at the Civic Center, which is owned and operated by the City of Charleston.

In the suit, she claims the defendants – the City of Charleston and Boston Culinary Group – failed to maintain a proper walkway and passages in proper repair and free of defects for the walking of its vendors and tenants.

As a result, the suit claims, Portia Roach fell. She suffered serious and severe injuries to her right hip – damaging an implanted electric stimulator – and other parts of her body.

The suit, filed by Stephen P. Meyer of Meyer & Ford, also says Portia Roach sustained serious permanent pain and suffering, disability and has incurred medical bills in an amount yet to be determined.

Her husband sues for loss of consortium, society and companionship.

The couple seek a joint and several judgment plus attorney fees, court costs and interest.

The case has been assigned to Circuit Judge Irene Berger.

Kanawha Circuit Court case number: 06-C-77

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