CHARLESTON -- A Mason County woman and her husband are suing the City of Charleston for injuries sustained at South Charleston High School's graduation ceremony.

On May 28, 2010, Glenna Mason was attending her granddaughter's graduations ceremony from South Charleston High School at the Charleston Civic Center when she fell due to hand railing that swayed, according to a complaint filed Nov. 29 in Kanawha Circuit Court.

Mason claims the defendant had a duty of care to keep the aisle and hand rails in the Charleston Civic Center in good repair and to keep the aisle and hand rails in a reasonably safe condition.

The defendant breached its duty by failing to ensure that the hand railings in the aisle were safe and secure for use by patrons; in failing to ensure that the aisles were a sufficient width to allow patrons to safely traverse the aisle; in failing to exercise reasonable care to correct the conditions; in failing to warn Mason and her husband, Donald E. Mason Sr., as to the existence of the dangerous conditions; in failing to properly and adequately supervise and oversee the areas; and in permitting its employees known to have access to the area to create the conditions, according to the suit.

The Masons claim the defendant caused Glenna Mason injuries.

The defendant caused Glenna Mason physical and mental pain and suffering, according to the suit.

The Masons are seeking compensatory damages with pre- and post-judgment interest. They are being represented by Paul E. Biser.

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

Kanawha Circuit Court case number: 11-C-2115

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