CHARLESTON -- A Dunbar woman is suing Nightingale Realty after she claims she sustained injuries during the course of her employment cleaning the defendant's Chase Tower building.

On April 23, Christine Shipley was an invitee at the defendant's Chase Tower in Charleston as part of the cleaning crew for a local janitorial service, according to a complaint filed May 11 in Kanawha Circuit Court.

Shipley claims while cleaning the stairways, she slipped and fell on a poorly maintained stairwell.

The defendant negligently and carelessly failed to maintain its stairwell, causing severe and debilitating injuries to Shipley's right arm, right shoulder, neck and back, according to the suit.

Shipley claims the defendant failed to maintain its premises in a reasonably safe condition; failed to exercise due care in maintenance and inspection of the premises; failed to adequately train its personnel in the appropriate methods to inspect and maintain the premises; and failed to warn of the hazards the defendant knew or should have known about.

The defendant's negligence and carelessness resulted in injuries and damages of Shipley, as well as mental anguish and emotional distress, according to the suit.

Shipley is seeking compensatory damages with pre- and post-judgment interest. She is being represented by Kathy A. Brown.

The case has been assigned to Circuit Judge Jennifer Bailey.

Kanawha Circuit Court case number: 12-C-864

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