Customer blames broken bones on allegedly inadequate signage

By Robert Hadley | May 17, 2016

ELIZABETH – A Roane County woman says she suffered injuries when she tripped on a sidewalk while exiting a Wirt County filling station.

Leslie A. Sullivan filed a lawsuit May 12 in Wirt Circuit Court against Little General Store Inc., alleging premises liability and negligence.

According to the complaint, during a Dec. 10 visit to the Little General Store, Sullivan exited the building, unaware there was an offset between the front sidewalk and the parking lot. Although a painted safety line was present, the suit says it was invisible from the storefront, allowing the plaintiff to fall and break two lower leg bones and her ankle. No verbal warning signs were posted, the complaint also says. As a result of the accident, Sullivan was taken to the hospital, underwent multiple surgeries and faces ongoing medical expenses.


Sullivan seeks a jury trial and punitive and compensatory damages, interest and litigation fees. She is represented by attorney Todd Wiseman of the Wiseman Law Firm PLLC in Vienna.

Judge Robert A. Waters is assigned to the case.

Wirt Circuit Court Case number 16-C-13

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