CHARLESTON -- A Kanawha County woman is suing Health Care and Retirement Corp. of America, LLC, after she claims she was injured twice while visiting someone in the nursing home.

Health Care and Retirement Corp. of America, LLC, is doing business as Heartland of Charleston.

On May 29, 2010, Christy Jo Harris went to Heartland of Charleston to visit her fiance's mother and was walking in the hallway when she slipped on what she believed was milk on the floor and fell, according to a complaint filed June 9 in Kanawha Circuit Court.

Harris claims she sustained injuries to her toes and her knee, which required medical attention.

On June 16, 2010, Harris returned to the facility to visit with her fiance's mother again and "once again, she slipped on an unknown substance and fell to the floor," according to the suit.

Harris claims she sustained more injuries, including injuring her knee and her wrist and had to receive more medical treatment.

Each of the falls was a result of the negligence of the defendant, according to the suit.

Harris claims the defendant failed to keep the floors clear of debris and/or liquid.

The defendant's negligence caused Harris to incur medical expenses and suffer great pain of body and mind, according to the suit.

Harris is seeking compensatory damages. She is being represented by Michael T. Clifford and Richelle K. Garlow.

The case has been assigned to Circuit Judge James C. Stucky.

Kanawha Circuit Court case number: 11-C-950

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