The Herald-Dispatch building in Huntington.

HUNTINGTON -- A woman is suing Champion Publishing after she was injured while on The Herald-Dispatch's premises in Huntington.

On Oct. 26, 2010, Shirley A. Stephens was on the defendant's premises when she stepped into a hole in the concrete sidewalk, which was hidden from view, according to a complaint filed Sept. 6 in Cabell Circuit Court.

Stephens claims as a result of the defect, she suffered multiple fractures when she fell.

The defendant had a duty to exercise reasonable care and maintain its premises safe and free from hazards or defects, which could cause injury to its customers, according to the suit.

Stephens claims the defendant also owed a duty to correct dangerous conditions on the premises and that it knew or should have known by the use of reasonable care to warn her of the dangerous condition.

The hazardous condition of the defendant's premises was known or had existed for a sufficient length of time so that it should have been known, according to the suit.

Stephens is seeking compensatory damages. She is being represented by Michael C. Walker.

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

Cabell Circuit Court case number: 11-C-652

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