CHARLESTON -- A Charleston woman is suing Schottenstein Stores Corporation after she claims she was injured while on its premises due to an uneven, unnatural depression in the tile floor.

Schottenstein Stores Corporation is doing business as Value City Incorporated and/or Value City Furniture.

Venture III Holdings, LLC was also named as a defendant in the suit.

Tammy Dunford went to the defendants' place of business to shop for household items when she stepped into an uneven, unnatural depression in the tile floor and fell, according to a complaint filed Aug. 24 in Kanawha Circuit Court.

Dunford claims the defendants were reckless, negligent and/or careless by failing to exercise due caution and reasonable care for its patrons by failing to recognize that the floor was uneven, by failing to warn patrons of the potential hazard and by allowing and permitting the hazard to exist.

As a result of the defendants' negligence, Dunford has suffered and continues to suffer severe physical and mental pain and anguish, according to the suit, and will continue to be permanently aggrieved, bothered and impaired by her injuries for the rest of her life.

Dunford is seeking compensatory and punitive damages with pre- and post-judgment interest. She is being represented by Richard E. Hardison Jr.

The case has been assigned to Circuit Judge Charles E. King.

Kanawha Circuit Court case number: 12-C-1712

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