CHARLESTON -- A woman is suing the Kroger Co. after she claims she was injured after falling on the store's premises.

On Jan. 4, Harriet Jane Thomas was on the premises of the Kroger store and was walking in the store when she stepped on an unknown foreign object and/or substance which caused her to slip and fall violently to the ground, according to a complaint filed Sept. 9 in Kanawha Circuit Court.

Thomas claims the defendant caused her to sustain pain and suffering; medical expenses; loss of income; and loss of enjoyment of life.

The defendant negligently failed to exercise ordinary and due care to see that the premises were in a reasonably safe condition for business invitees, according to the suit.

Thomas claims the defendant was negligent in permitting foreign objects and/or substances to accumulate in an aisle.

The defendant also was negligent in causing to dangerous and hazardous conditions to exist, according to the suit.

Thomas is seeking compensatory and punitive damages. She is being represented by Edwin H. Pancake.

The case has been assigned to Circuit Judge Jennifer Bailey.

Kanawha Circuit Court case number: 11-C-1584

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