CHARLESTON - A Kanawha County woman has filed a suit against Kanawha Valley Senior Services after she fell on steps of a van used to transport senior citizens.

Mae L. Hardman filed the suit Jan. 17, seeking compensation for her medical bills, nursing home charges and loss of wages.

Hardman was returning home from work on Sept. 1, 2005, in a van used for senior citizens.

"While exiting the van she fell on the slippery steps and sustained serious bodily injury," the suit says.

Hardman suffered injuries to her left arm, shoulder and ankle. The suit states that Hardman is a senior citizen, and needed assistance when exiting the van, which the driver did not provide.

Since the accident, Hardman says she has lost her wages and has complied various medical treatment and physical therapy. The accident has resulted in expenses totaling more than $27,000.

The suit also says that Hardman has been unable to care for herself independently, which she was able to do before the accident.

She is seeking compensation for her medical bills, nursing home bills, lost wages and other damages. She is seeking a trial by jury.

Her attorney is William L. Redd, and the case has been assigned to Judge James C. Stucky.

Kanawha Circuit Court case number 07-C-94

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