CHARLESTON -- An Eskdale woman is suing Big Lots Stores, Inc., after she tripped on a rug and fell.

On Aug. 3, 2010, Tina M. Browning was shopping in the Big Lots store in Kanawha County, when she tripped over a rug on the floor that was improperly placed and fell, according to a complaint filed Sept. 20 in Kanawha Circuit Court.

Browning claims the rug was was raised above floor level by an employee of Big Lots who was placing shopping carts inside the store that had been retrieved from the parking lot.

Upon falling and seriously injuring herself, Browning was "laughed at, smirked at, treated with no compassion and/or not taken seriously by the manager/employees" of the Big Lots store, according to the suit.

Browning claims the defendant was negligent in allowing the dangerous condition to exist and for causing her injuries and embarrassment.

The defendant knew or should have known that the condition in which the rug was left had the probability of causing injuries, according to the suit.

Browning is seeking compensatory and punitive damages. She is being represented by Matthew M. Johnson.

The case has been assigned to Circuit Judge Louis H. Bloom.

Kanawha Circuit Court case number: 11-C-1656

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