CHARLESTON -- A woman is suing Target Corporation after she fell and was injured in its South Charleston store location.

On July 7, 2008, Lou Ann Stover was shopping at Target while she waited for prescriptions to be filled, according to a complaint filed July 6 in Kanawha Circuit Court.

Stover claims while walking down a snack food aisle, she turned the corner and "without warning, violently fell to the ground on a foreign substance, hitting a shelf before hitting the floor." She claims she immediately felt intense pain in her tailbone and bladder.

A store associate appeared from around the corner and called a janitor/employee to clean up the foreign substance, according to the suit.

Stover claims both employees then started to walk away without checking to see if she was injured or in need of medical attention. She claims she notified them she was hurt before they left the area.

Following medical evaluations, it was determined that Stover sustained a fractured coccyx and developed trochanteric bursitis, according to the suit.

Stover claims the defendant had a duty to provide a safe environment for its guests and breached its duty by not properly maintaining the aisle she fell in.

Stover is seeking compensatory damages. She is being represented by Damon L. Ellis.

The case has been assigned to Circuit Judge Carrie Webster.

Kanawha Circuit Court case number: 10-C-1221

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