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Security worker blames Charleston motel for his slip and fall

By Chris Dickerson | Jan 24, 2006

CHARLESTON -- A Hurricane man says the Charleston Super 8 is responsible for injuries he sustained while providing security at the motel.

In a lawsuit filed Jan. 6 in Kanawha Circuit Court, Richard J. Arthur says he was working as a security guard with Securitas Security Service USA at the motel, located at 1010 Washington St., on Jan. 11, 2004.

While walking down a flight of stairs, that's when Arthur says he fell on trash and other debris, causing him to fall down the flight of stairs and suffer significant injuries to his body. Arthur claims the defendant – Kentucky-based Columbia Sussex Corporation doing business as Super 8 Motel of Charleston – had allowed the debris to collect on the stairs.

In the suit, filed by attorney James R. Akers II, Arthur says the defendant owed him a duty of reasonable care. But he says that duty was breached by the defendant by negligently failing to provide a safe and secure environment for lawful users of it premises, by negligently creating a dangerous condition or by negligently failing to correct or remove the dangerous situation and by negligently failing to notify the plaintiff of the dangerous condition.

Arthur says he suffered injuries to his right hand, left shoulder, left hip, left leg and ribs. He also says he has and will incur medical expenses, has and will endure pain and suffering, has incurred lost wages, has and will sustain an impairment of the capacity to enjoy life. He also says he has suffered and will continue to suffer humiliation and embarrassment, annoyance, aggravation and mental anguish as well as other economic and non-economic losses.

Arthur seeks a judgment in an amount adequate to compensate him for his injuries and damages sustained as well as pre- and post-judgment interest, court costs and other relief. He requests a jury trial.

The case has been assigned to Circuit Judge Duke Bloom.

Kanawha Circuit Court case number: 06-C-22

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