THIS JUST IN: Kanawha County

By Cara Bailey | Jul 25, 2008

June 19
Gloria Kinney, William Kinney v. Charleston Area Medical Center, Inc.
PA – Michael T. Clifford; J – Walker
* Gloria and William Kinney filed a suit against Charleston Area Medical Center, after Gloria was assaulted by a patient and injured when she slipped on a wet bathroom floor. Gloria Kinney claims she was assaulted while sharing a room with a patient at CAMC General. After the assault, Kinney claims she slipped on a wet bathroom floor and was injured. William and Gloria seek compensatory and punitive damages.
Case number: 08-C-1202

June 23
Joyce Saunders, as representative of the estate of Stanley Moore v. Pinecrest Hospital, State of WV Department of Health and Human Resources
PA – Jonathan R. Mani; J – Walker
* Joyce Saunders filed a suit on behalf of the estate of her brother, Stanley Moore, who died after receiving improper care at Pinecrest Hospital. Saunders claims her brother suffered from pressure ulcers, pain, profound malnutrition, falls, skin tears, and head trauma. Saunders believes the negligent care and abuse of her brother caused significant destruction of his physical condition during his residency and caused his death on May 23, 2007. She seeks compensatory and punitive damages for his estate.
Case number: 08-C-1225

J. Andrew Shelton v. Asplundh Tree Expert Co., Freddie Collins
PA – Steven B. Wiley; J – Walker
* J. Andrew Shelton filed a suit against Asplundh, claiming he was mistreated and fired because he is black. Shelton claims he had troubles getting his time card, proper training and was frequently not paid in a timely manner. During his employment, Shelton developed a rash and had to miss work because his eyes were swollen shut. Shelton claims he called his supervisor and took the proper steps to let the company know he would be off work and had a doctor's excuse. However, he was still fired. On Dec. 14, 2006, the Bureau of Employment Programs Board of Review, through Judge William Smith, found that Shelton had made the required daily calls to Asplundh and found that Asplundh did not show a violation of its absenteeism policy and that Shelton had indeed been discharged, but not for any misconduct or policy violation, the suit says. In the 10-count suit, Shelton seeks compensatory and punitive damages for the emotional distress and lost wages he suffered.
Case number: 08-C-1226

June 25

Claudia Withrow v. Wal-Mart Stores, Rob Greenleaf
PA – Trent Redman; J – Berger
* Claudia Withrow filed a suit against Wal-Mart after she slipped on a spilled jar of baby food. Withrow claims she was shopping in the grocery section of the Nitro Wal-Mart when she slipped and fell on a spilled jar of baby food that had been left in a common area. She seeks compensatory damages in a sum not to exceed $74,999.
Case number: 08-C-1238

June 26
Shellie Maraman Laws v. James Pierson
PA – Richard Holtzapfel; J – King
* Shellie Maraman Laws filed a suit against James Pierson, after she was injured when she fell of his horse after she had been drinking. Laws claims she went to a part at Pierson's, where he provided alcohol and allowed guests to ride on his horse. Laws claims she had been drinking then attempted to get on the horse. She fell off, and claims Pierson is to blame for her injuries by allowing the "inherently dangerous activity of horseback riding." She seeks compensatory and punitive damages.
Case number: 08-C-1242

Jeannie Allen and Larry Allen v. Yum! Brands, Inc., doing business as Taco Bell
PA – James M. Barber; J – Berger
* Jeannie and Larry Allen filed a suit against Taco Bell, after Jeannie fell in the MacCorkle Avenue location. According to the suit, Jeannie Allen slipped on a wet spot in front of the counter and fell, suffering a right humeral head fracture, right patellar fracture, bruising and contusions. Larry and Jeannie Allen seek compensatory and punitive damages.
Case number: 08-C-1248

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