Schottenstein Property Group Inc. and Schottenstein Property Group LLC were also named as defendants in the suit.
On Jan. 16, 2014, Saundra Kaye Morrison was exiting the Hobby Lobby store in Barboursville when she slipped on ice and snow in the parking lot and was injured, according to a complaint filed Jan. 8 in Cabell Circuit Court and removed to federal court on April 21.
Morrison claims the defendants allowed ice to accumulate on the entry/exit of the store, sidewalk and parking lot of the premises, causing these areas of the premises to be extremely slippery, dangerous and unsafe.
The defendants failed to remove the ice or place any warning devices in the subject area so as to put the plaintiff and the rest of the public on notice of the latent slippery, dangerous conditions, according to the suit.
Morrison claims as she traversed the area, she suddenly and without warning, slipped and fell on the ice that the defendants allowed to accumulate on the premises.
The defendant’s actions caused Morrison to suffer a closed head injury and injured her back and neck, among other injuries, according to the suit.
Morrison is seeking compensatory and punitive damages with pre- and post-judgment interest. She is being represented by Brian L. Ooten of Shaffer & Shaffer PLLC.
The defendants are represented by J. David Bolen and Ellen M. Kist of Dinsmore & Shohl LLP.
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia case number: 3:16-cv-03813