Couple sues after woman breaks finger at Chili's

By Kyla Asbury | Sep 6, 2011

CHARLESTON – A woman and her husband are suing Brinker International and Chili's of West Virginia for injuries sustained at the restaurant.

Greg Wolfe, the manager at Chili's, was also named as a defendant in the suit.

On Aug. 7, 2009, Sharon Stover went to Chili's for lunch with several friends and co-workers, according to a complaint filed Aug. 2 in Kanawha Circuit Court.

Stover claims when she returned to her seat from the restroom she attempted to pull the chair closer to the table when the seat lifted from the frame and fractured her right index finger between the seat and the chair frame.

When Stover immediately notified the defendant of the condition of the chair, Wolfe admitted that the seat and chair were defective and improperly maintained, according to the suit.

Stover claims the defendant breached its duty when it failed to maintain the chair in a safe condition.

The defendants' negligence caused Stover's injuries to her finger, for which she sought medical attention, according to the suit.

Stover and her husband, James Stover, are seeking compensatory and punitive damages with pre- and post-judgment interest. They are being represented by Philip J. Combs, Christopher D. Pence and David R. Pence.

The case has been assigned to Circuit Judge Jennifer Bailey.

Kanawha Circuit Court case number: 11-C-1265

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