CHARLESTON - A Kanawha County woman filed a suit on behalf of her young daughter who fell and was injured when part of the stair railing she was leaning on gave way.

Cyndi Means filed a suit July 12 in Kanawha Circuit Court against Enerio Melis, the owner of the apartment complex where her daughter, September Means, was injured.

The suit also names AMS GP Inc. and AMS Properties as defendants.

According to the suit, September Means was on the common area grounds of Greenbrier Garden Apartments on June 3, 2006. She was leaning on a board, which was part of the stairway guard system.

"The purpose of the stairway guard system was to minimize the possibility of falling from the stairway," the suit says.

While Means was leaning on the board, the railing gave way and Means fell approximately 20 feet, landed on the ground and was injured.

Cyndi Means claims the design and construction of the guard system was substandard, which made it defective.

She seeks exemplary and compensatory damages adequate to cover the medical expenses and pain and suffering of her and her daughter.

Attorney Eric M. Wilson is representing Means. The case has been assigned to Judge Louis Bloom.

Kanawha Circuit Court case number 07-C-1437

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