Woman sues after falling in Mercer Mall parking lot

By Philip Gonzales | Feb 20, 2019

PRINCETON — A patron is suing Kentucky corporations, citing alleged negligence and premises liability.

Jan Mathena filed a complaint Jan. 3 in Mercer Circuit Court against Summit Foods Services Inc., et al. alleging that they failed to maintain a parking lot free from defects.

According to the complaint, Mathena alleges that on Jan 11, 2017, she was an invitee at the defendants' Mercer Mall in Bluefield. While walking to her vehicle in the parking lot after eating at K&W Cafeteria, she stepped into a hole in the pavement, which caused her to twist her ankle, and fell forward, landing on her knee. She sustained injuries and was caused to suffer medical expenses, pain and suffering, physical impairment and disfigurement, and inconvenience. 

The plaintiff holds Summit Foods Services Inc., et al. responsible because they allegedly negligently permitted a portion of the parking lot to collapse and caused a hole, failed to properly remediate the same and failed to warn invitees of the hazardous condition on the premises.

The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks judgment agains the defendants in an amount that will fully compensate her for her injuries and damages, with interest, costs, attorneys' fees and such other just and appropriate relief. She is represented by Eric J. Buckner and Jennifer Dempsey Meeteer of Katz, Kantor, Stonestreet & Buckner PLLC in Princeton.

Mercer Circuit Court Case number 19-C-2

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