CHARLESTON -- A woman is suing Charleston Area Medical Center after being injured in a fall in the main lobby.

On Dec. 17, 2007, Cassandra Mahood was meeting a relative at the hospital when she fell in the main lobby and was injured, according to a complaint filed Nov. 23 in Kanawha Circuit Court.

Mahood claims she suffered serious and permanent injuries from the fall on the wet floor, due to a leaking and/or defective roof.

According to the suit, the hospital was negligent by creating a dangerous, hazardous and unsafe condition; failing to repair the leaking and/or defective roof; failing to hire and/or provide adequate maintenance personnel to repair the defect; for failing to warn Mahood of the situation; and in failing to place signage in and around the area to warn of the condition.

Mahood is seeking compensatory damages for medical and life care expenses, lost wages, loss of earning capacity and loss of services; general damages for pain and suffering, mental anguish, permanent injury, inconvenience and loss of society. James A. Villanova and Michael E. Metro are representing her.

The case has been assigned to Circuit Judge Charles E. King.

Kanawha Circuit Court case number: 09-C-2177

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