HUNTINGTON -- A woman is suing CLS Properties and its landlord after she claims she was injured when falling into a vent hole.

Joan Mace, who was a tenant of CLS Properties and its landlord, Steve Osborne.

On Feb. 21, 2009, Mace fell through a vent hole in the floor of her residence, according to a complaint filed Feb. 17 in Cabell Circuit Court.

Mace claims her right leg went down through the vent hole while her left leg remained on the floor causing injuries and damages.

Approximately six weeks prior to the incident, the daughter of one of Mace's friends had fallen through the same vent hole and Osborne had been notified and had told Mace that repaired and covered the vent hole, according to the suit.

Mace claims she injured her knee, leg and back when she fell into the vent hole.

The defendants were negligent in allowing the vent hole to remain and causing Mace injuries, according to the suit.

Mace is seeking compensatory damages with pre- and post-judgment interest. She is being represented by R. Stephen Jarrell.

The case has been assigned to Circuit Judge David M. Pancake.

Cabell Circuit Court case number: 11-C-84

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