Man sues Mountaineer Gas for injuries

By Kyla Asbury | Aug 1, 2011

CHARLESTON -- A Charleston man is suing Mountaineer Gas Company for injuries he sustained from tripping on a gas line hole owned by the company.

On April 13, 2010, Shantay Shipp was walking on Horn Avenue in Charleston when he tripped on a gas line hole and was injured, according to a complaint filed June 23 in Kanawha Circuit Court.

Shipp claims the defendant negligently, carelessly and recklessly failed to cover the gas line hole; failed to maintain the gas line hole in a manner consistent with protecting the public at large; and failed to warn the general public of the immediate danger of the uncovered gas line hole with placard warnings or other warning devices.

As a result of the defendant's negligent and carelessness, Shipp suffered serious, painful and permanent bodily injuries; great physical pain and mental anguish; severe and substantial emotional distress; loss of the capacity for the enjoyment of life; and incurred medical expenses, according to the suit.

Shipp is seeking compensatory and punitive damages with pre- and post-judgment interest. She is being represented by Jon D. Hoover.

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

Kanawha Circuit Court case number: 11-C-1039

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