Injured park visitor blames officials for failing to protect public

By Robert Hadley | May 3, 2016

CHARLESTON – A Kanawha County man is suing the West Virginia state park system for injuries he allegedly suffered from an attack two years ago.

Steven Arthur filed a lawsuit March 30 in Kanawha Circuit Court against the West Virginia Department of Natural Resources, Chief Logan State Park, and Keith Burdette, secretary of the Department of Commerce.

According to the complaint, a man who was causing a disturbance at the Chief Logan State Park allegedly attacked and injured Arthur on April 24, 2014. The suit says other patrons had told officials about the individual, but no action was taken to remove him from the premises. Arthur claims the park was negligent in ensuring visitors’ safety and is thus liable for his injuries, including disability, disfigurement, and medical expenses.

Arthur seeks a jury trial and punitive and compensatory damages, plus litigation costs and interest. He is represented by attorney D. Adrian Hoosier II and Erica Lord of Lord Hoosier PLLC in Charleston.

Judge Joanna Tabit is assigned to the case.

Kanawha Circuit Court Case number 16-C-453

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