Couple sue WVDOT for car accident

CHARLESTON – The West Virginia Department of Transportation Division of Highways is being sued after a woman allegedly sustained injuries because of one of its employees. Paul A. Mattox Jr. and Justin Cain were also named as defendants in the suit. On Feb. 18, 2011, Dawn M. Bowman was traveling on W.Va. 2 near the I-470 East ramp in Wheeling and was stopped because two cars were coming into her lane, according to a complaint filed Feb. 15 in Kanawha Circuit Court. Bowman claims suddenly and without warning, Bowman’s vehicle was struck from the rear by a vehicle being driven by Cain, who was acting in the scope of his employment with the WVDOT. As a result of the defendants’ negligence, Bowman suffered serious and permanent injuries and damages, according to the suit. Bowman claims the defendants’ negligence caused her to suffer injuries, including numbing in her hands; a cracked tooth; back pain; dizziness; disorientation; a herniated disk; general loss of vitality and good health; and shock and anxiety. The defendants’ conduct also caused Bowman to suffer great pain, suffering, inconvenience, lost wages, embarrassment and mental anguish, according to the suit. Bowman claims she had to undergo medical attention, including injections and physical therapy, because of the accident. Joel Bowman incurred medical bills on behalf of his wife and has been deprived of the services, society, assistance and consortium of his wife, according to the suit. The Bowmans are seeking compensatory damages. They are being represented by JB Akers of Akers Law Offices. The case has been assigned to Circuit Judge Louis H. Bloom. Kanawha Circuit Court case number: 13-C-313

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