Man suing jail over fall

By John O'Brien | Dec 6, 2006

CHARLESTON - An inmate at South Central Regional Jail in Charleston is blaming it for his slip and fall down a flight of stairs.

Nalone Stallings is suing the Regional Jail and Correctional Facility Authority, having filed his complaint Nov. 27 in Kanawha Circuit Court that alleges his injuries are the authority's fault.

Stallings, of Charleston, says he "sustained bodily injuries as a result of a slip-and-fall accident on the property of the defendants."

A puddle of water was left on the floor, and Stallings slipped on it then "started down a flight of steps," the complaint adds.

Stallings also makes a claim for punitive damages. For his physical pain and suffering, mental anguish, limitations in his activities and diminution in his ability to enjoy life, he seeks compensatory damages.

The alleged incident took place Dec. 5, 2004. Geoffrey Ekenasi of Twyman Law Offices is representing Stallings.

"At the time of his fall, the plaintiff... was exercising ordinary care to avoid such a hazard," the complaint says.

He adds that the Regional Jail and Correctional Facility Authority violated his Eighth Amendment right to be protected.

Judge Louis Bloom has been assigned the case.

Kanawha Circuit Court case number 06-C-2531

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