THIS JUST IN : Kanawha County

By Cara Bailey | Aug 29, 2008

July 29
Janai Rucker v. Raymond Don McCormick
PA – Clinton W. Smith; J – Walker
* Janai Rucker filed a suit against Raymond McCormick after he ran over him with his truck. Rucker was picking up trash at the Pour House Bar on West Washington Street when McCormick hit her with his truck, knocking her to the ground. He continued to move, running over her leg, causing it to break. Rucker claims she has suffered severe physical, mental and emotional injuries. Rucker also suffered loss of income, loss of earning capacity, loss of tuition and fees, pain and suffering, mental anguish and emotional distress. According to the suit, Rucker seeks compensatory and punitive damages.
Case number: 08-C-1459

July 30
Aminata Lawalli v. Kanawha Valley Regional Transport Authority, Tammy L. Litton
PA – Erin K. King; J – Kaufman
* Aminata Lawalli filed a suit against the Kanawha Valley Regional Transport Authority after she was injured when the bus she was on drove onto the curb. Lawalli claims she had to be taken to the hospital via ambulance after the bus, driven by Tammy L. Litton, hit a curb so hard Lawalli was thrown from her seat. Lawalli claims she suffered injuries, medical expenses, pain and suffering, physical limitations, diminished capacity to enjoy life, annoyance and inconvenience, and other damages. Lawalli seeks compensatory and punitive damages.
Case number: 08-C-1466

Lily Knotts v. A.W. Chesterton Company, et al
PA – Brian Alan Prim; J – Visiting
* Lily Knotts filed an asbestos suit against 69 companies on behalf of her late husband, who died from malignant mesothelioma. Knotts claims her husband, David Knotts, was not warned of the dangers of asbestos and asbestos dust while he worked at Weirton Steel. David Knotts worked there from 1940 to 1993. Knotts' mesothelioma was diagnosed May 5, 2008. He died May 10 at Weirton Medical Center. Lily Knotts seeks compensatory and punitive damages.
Case number: 08-C-1468

Beryl E. Shock v. Frank C. Lucente, M.D., John A. DeLuca, M.D., West Virginia University Board of Governors
PA – Richard D. Lindsay; J – King
* Beryl Shock filed a suit against two Charleston doctors and the WVU Board of Governors after he had to have his leg amputated. The suit is against Drs. Frank Lucente and John DeLuca. Shock claims the doctors failed to perform surgery on the blood vessels in his leg, which caused it to need to be amputated. Shock claims he has continued to suffer pain and mental anguish since that time, as well as a physical deformity. He seeks compensatory and punitive damages as allowed under the Medical Professional Liability Act.
Case number: 08-C-1471

July 31
Anthony Calvanese, individually and on behalf of estate of Ferris McCarthy v. Sun Healthcare Group, Inc., Sunbridge Healthcare Corporation, et al
PA – James B. McHugh, Michael J. Fuller Jr.; J – King
* Anthony Calvanese filed a suit against Sunbridge Care and Rehab on behalf of his mother, who died after she fell at the nursing home. According to the suit, Ferris McCarthy was admitted to the nursing home in January 2006 and became a victim of nursing home negligence. Among the injuries she sustained while at the nursing home were falls, weight loss, dehydration, malnutrition, constipation, a perforated bowel, infections, and ultimately, her death. In the ten-count suit, Calvanese seeks compensatory and punitive damages for himself and his mother's estate and wrongful death beneficiaries.
Case number: 08-C-1478

Aug. 1
Demetrius D. Watson v. Verizon West Virginia Inc.
PA – Kimberly E. Williams; J – Walker
* Demetrius Watson filed a suit against Verizon West Virginia after he was injured when he fell due to a downed telephone line. Watson was walking on Oliver Street in St. Albans on Aug. 4, 2006, when his feet became entangled in a downed line. He fell, suffering a tear to his left rotator cuff. Watson claims he incurred medical expenses for medical and other care and expects continuing expenses in the future. He claims he suffered physical pain and mental and emotional anguish. Watson seeks compensatory and punitive damages.
Case number: 08-C-1482

Jayaprakash Alagarsamy v. Marriott International Inc., and Joseph Lorosso
PA – J. Michael Ransom, Cynthia M. Ranson; J – King
* Jayaprakash Alagarsamy filed a suit against Marriott International, claiming they fired him because of his national origin. Alagarsamy filed the suit after he was fired after more than 8 years of service. He claims Marriott violated the West Virginia Human Rights Act. He seeks back pay and punitive damages.
Case number: 08-C-1483

Susan Darlene Jackson, Eric Alan Jackson v. K-Mart Corporation
PA – Michael J. Del Giudice; J – King
* Susan and Eric Jackson filed a suit against K-Mart after Susan Jackson was injured at the Elkview location. According to the suit, Susan Jackson went to the Elkview K-Mart on Aug. 2, 2006. She claims a dangerous and unsafe condition on the floor caused her to trip and fall. Eric Jackson claims he suffered a loss of consortium from his wife. The Jacksons seek compensatory and punitive damages.
Case number: 08-C-1484

Phyllis Delmore v. Bigley Market, doing business as Foodland
PA – Eunice L. Green; J – Bloom
* Phyllis Delmore filed a suit against Foodland on Bigley Avenue in Charleston after she slipped in the store. Delmore claims she hit her head and sustained medical bills in excess of $19,000. She seeks compensatory and punitive damages.
Case number: 08-C-1486

Denise Tate v. ConAgra Foods Inc.
PA – Stephen E. Hastings; J – Zakaib
* Denise Tate filed a suit against ConAgra Foods after she was made ill by a jar of recalled peanut butter that contained salmonella. She claims she did not know the peanut butter had been recalled. According to the suit, the United States Food and Drug Administration recalled Peter Pan and Great Value peanut butter that was linked to 288 confirmed cases of salmonella through 39 states. Tate claims she consumed a jar of peanut butter manufactured by ConAgra bearing the product code beginning in "2111," unaware that it was contaminated. She then began experiencing symptoms of salmonella poisoning. Tate claims ConAgra was negligent in manufacturing the peanut butter, and failed to warn of potentially hazardous or life-threatening conditions associated with the peanut butter. She seeks compensatory and punitive damages.
Case number: 08-C-1488

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