Dollar General sued after man slipped, fell

By Kyla Asbury | Aug 15, 2011

CHARLESTON -- A man is suing Dollar General after he slipped on a blue liquid in the floor and was injured.

On July 24, 2009, Calvin B. Cottrell was shopping in the Dollar General in Montgomery when he fell on the blue liquid that had been spilled on the floor and not yet cleaned up by employees, according to a complaint filed July 22 in Kanawha Circuit Court.

Cottrell claims he suffered instant pain in his back and knee and was taken by ambulance to Montgomery General Hospital for treatment.

As a result of the unsafe conditions in the store, Cottrell suffered an acute lumbar strain, which required medication and physical therapy, according to the suit.

Cottrell claims when he slipped and fell in the store, there were no signs posted indicating that there was a dangerous condition on the floor.

The defendant knew or should have known about the unsafe condition and failed to clean up the mess, according to the suit.

Cottrell is seeking compensatory and punitive damages. He is being represented by Cynthia E. Evans.

The case has been assigned to Circuit Judge Louis H. Bloom.

Kanawha Circuit Court case number: 11-C-1216

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