CHARLESTON – A man is suing a pair of Charleston dentists after he says he tripped on an unsafe set of stairs heading out of the dentists' Virginia Street office.

Arlie Sutphin filed a lawsuit July 13 in Kanawha Circuit Court against Richard Howard, Edward Howard and their business, Howard & Howard DDS.

Sutphin claims he was at the Howards' office on March 27, 2008, for dental work.

As he was leaving, he says he tripped on the stairs leading down to the street.

He's seeking compensatory damages for his injuries.

Paul M. Stroebel is representing the plaintiff. The case is before Kanawha Circuit Judge Louis Bloom.

Kanawha Circuit Court case number: 09-C-1266

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