Customer alleges Rural King's failure to use floormats caused injuries

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Dec 9, 2018

CHARLESTON — A Kanawha County woman is suing a Cross Lanes department store, alleging negligence caused injuries to the plaintiff.

Teresa Lynn Pate filed a complaint in Kanawha Circuit Court against Rural King Holdings LLP, doing business as Cross Lanes Rural King, alleging failure to take appropriate measures to safeguard the entryway to the department store.

According to the complaint, on Oct. 21, 2016, Pate was entering the defendant's newly opened Rural King store in Cross Lanes when she slipped and fell on water in the entryway. Pate says she observed that there were no visible floormats at the entrance of the store or warning signs for customers. 

As a result, the suit says, Pate sustained physical injuries, experienced pain and mental anguish and incurred medical expenses. The plaintiff alleges Cross Lanes Rural King failed to place mats or other caution signs to notify customers that the entryway the store was wet.

Pate seeks trial by jury, compensatory damages, prejudgment interest, court costs and all other just relief. She is represented by attorney David M. Adkins of The Adkins Law Firm PLLC in Hurricane.

Kanawha Circuit Court case number 18-C-1335

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