HUNTINGTON -- A Giles County, Va., woman is suing the Marshall University Board of Governors after she claims she was injured while participating in a scientific demonstration.

On March 7, 2009, Sharon Ellington was an observer of a scientific demonstration in the College of Science when she was called by an employee of the defendant to participate in the demonstration, according to a complaint filed March 4 in Cabell Circuit Court.

Ellington claims the demonstration was negligently and recklessly conducted by the employee, which caused an explosion that injured her hands.

As a result of the defendant's negligence and recklessness, Ellington suffered scarring, nerve damage, partial loss of use of her hands, emotional distress, annoyance, aggravation, inconvenience, lost wages and loss of enjoyment of life, according to the suit.

Ellington is seeking compensatory damages. She is being represented by William S. Winfrey II.

The case has been assigned to Circuit Judge David M. Pancake.

Cabell Circuit Court case number: 11-C-120

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