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Wood Co. woman sues Putnam McDonald's for slip-and-fall injury

By Lawrence Smith | Jul 23, 2010

WINFIELD – A Wood County woman is suing a Putnam County McDonald's franchise for injuries she sustained there two years ago.

April Wise filed suit against McDonald's of Teays Valley on June 15 in Putnam Circuit Court. In her complaint, Wise, a Parkersburg resident, alleges, no sooner did she walk into the restaurant than she slipped and fell resulting in multiple injuries to her body.

Along with McDonald's of Teays Valley, John Does 1-4, John Doe Entity, McDonald's Restaurants of West Virginia Inc, McDonald's Corp. and McDonald's USA LLC are named as co-defendants in the suit.

According to her suit, Wise entered the McDonald's on W.Va. 34 in Teays Valley off the Interstate 64 exit on June 16, 2008. Upon entering the foyer, she alleges "she slip[ped] and fell due to a wet floor."

At the time of the incident, Wise alleges "there were no warning signs posted within the proximity of the foyer" and "the non-slip mat/carpet was removed from the foyer." Also, she maintains "the manager, employees, and/or the store operator should have known said foyer was wet and that is was slippery."

As a result of the fall, Wise alleges she "sustained personal injuries of a serious nature, including but not limited to injuries to her back, neck, right arm and wrist." The injures have resulted in her sustaining "pain, discomfort, annoyance, inconvenience...medical expenses ... and lost wages."

Wise seeks unspecified damages, court costs and attorney fees. She is represented by Maggie K. Wall with the Law Offices of G. Wayne Van Bibber and Associates in Teays Valley.

The case is assigned to Judge Phillip M. Stowers.

Putnam Circuit Court case number 10-C-197

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