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Woman claims nail polish remover removed her skin, too

By Chris Dickerson | Jul 13, 2017


MARLINTON – A Pocahontas County woman says a product she bought at Dollar General did more than remove nail polish. She claims it removed skin from her fingers as well.

Melinda K. Gabe filed a complaint July 6 in Pocahontas Circuit Court. Dolgencorp LLC, Dollar General No. 915, Dollar General Distribution Center, Dollar General Corporation and unknown employees are named as defendants in the suit.

Gabe bought the Dollar General nail polish remover on July 9, 2015, at the chain’s location in Marlinton, according to her complaint.

When she opened and used the bottle on her fingernails, Gabe says she had an adverse reaction to an unknown toxic substance in the nail polish remover “which caused the skin to begin peeling off her fingers.”

She says the injury has caused her to suffer special and general damages, including emotional distress, annoyance, inconvenience and aggravation as well as medical bills, lost wages and other expenses. She also says the incident has caused her to suffer a diminished earnings capacity, a decrease in her value of life, a loss of enjoyment of life as well as pain, suffering and mental anguish.

She seeks joint and several compensatory and punitive damages as well as pre- and post-judgment interest, attorney fees, court costs and other relief.

She is represented by Troy N. Giatras and Matthew Stonestreet of The Giatras Law Firm in Charleston. The case has been assigned to Circuit Judge Jennifer P. Dent.

Pocahontas Circuit Court case number 17-C-21

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