HUNTINGTON -- An apartment complex owner faces a lawsuit for negligence after a former tenant was allegedly injured.

Nannie Cook filed suit June 16 in Cabell Circuit Court against Cain-Simpson LLC.

According to the complaint, on June 30, 2012, Cook was moving out of her apartment at Waterford Village, 450 Riverview Drive, Barboursville, owned and maintained by the defendant. At that time she fell off of the elevated breezeway outside her unit and onto the ground below, striking her face on an open pipe, requiring several stitches, the suit states.

The pipe is believed to have been intended to house a downspout from a gutter system that was never installed, the filing states. The breezeway Cook fell from also did not have a handrail to prevent falls.

The defendant is accused of negligence, negligence per se and reckless disregard of safety.

Cook is seeking damages for future medical expenses, pain and suffering, loss of household services, disfigurement, loss of capacity for life, interest and punitive damages.

She is represented by Charleston attorney Alex McLaughlin of the Calwell Practice LC. The case has been assigned to Circuit Judge Christopher D. Chiles.

Cabell Circuit Court Case No. 14-C-448

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