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Woman seeks compensation after falling on wet floor at West Liberty University

By Annie Hunt | Jan 6, 2016

WHEELING – A Weirton woman demands compensation for injuries sustained in a fall at West Liberty University, alleging hazardous conditions caused her to permanently injure herself.

Marissa R. Wetterau filed her claim in the Ohio Circuit Court on Dec. 28 against the West Liberty University board of governors and John Doe(s). Wetterau cited negligence and recklessness in the form of water accumulation on the premises of West Liberty University that allegedly caused her to fall violently and sustain injuries to body and mind.

According to her claim, the plaintiff walked into the student union building at the University on Feb. 5, 2014, where she fell in water on the floor inside the front entrance. She alleges that her fall was a direct result of the defendant’s failure to keep the floor safe. In addition, she claims they neglected to provide a safe alternative pathway and/or post signage alerting visitors to the wet floor. The plaintiff charges both the board of directors and John Doe(s) with these actions that led to severe injury, lost wages and mental anguish.

Wetterau seeks compensation for all related medical expenses, damages for pain and suffering, pre- and post-judgment interest, attorney fees and any further acceptable relief. She is represented by James A. Villanova and Michael E. Metro of Villanova Law Offices, PC in Pittsburgh.

Ohio Circuit Court Case number 15–C–361

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