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Princeton couple alleges Japanese restaurant's negligence caused wife's injuries

By Lhalie Castillo | Apr 27, 2018

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BECKLEY — A Princeton couple is suing a Japanese restaurant in Beckley, alleging negligence and premises liability.

Charlene Runyon and Thomas Runyon filed a complaint April 4 in Raleigh Circuit Court against Kimono Japanese Seafood & Stake House of Beckley Inc. and Xue Ni, alleging they failed to maintain the restaurant premises in a reasonably safe condition.

According to the complaint, on Jan. 21, 2017, Charlene Runyon was a business invitee at Kimono at 106 Gallerie Plaza, Beckley,  when she fell to the floor with great force. The suit says she sustained injuries, resulting in pain and suffering, mental anguish and medical expenses. 

The plaintiffs allege the defendants negligently maintained a dangerous condition by failing to provide adequate lighting in the dining area without appropriate warning about an elevated platform.

The Ruynons seeks trial by jury, compensatory and punitive damages, plus interest, attorney fees, court costs and all further relief as the court deems just and proper. They are represented by attorney Gregory E. Chiartas of Freeman & Chiartas PLLC in Charleston.

Raleigh Circuit Court case number 18-C-187

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