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NAPA sales associate injured in fall from ladder alleges store exposed him to unsafe working condition

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By Kyla Asbury | Aug 5, 2019

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HUNTINGTON – A Huntington man employed at an auto parts store and his wife are suing the store after he fell from a ladder while in the store room.

Elmer Adkins and Lauren Adkins filed the suit against Genuine Parts Co., doing business as NAPA Auto Parts, in Cabell Circuit Court alleging negligence.

The suit states Elmer Adkins was employed by the defendant as a sales associate at a NAPA store in Barboursville. The suit states while working on June 19, 2017, he was using a ladder and fell, striking his head on the floor and causing him to lose consciousness. 

The suit states on at least three prior occasions, a co-worker of Elmer Adkins had fallen from the same ladder and the defendant knew or should have known about the unsafe working condition the ladder presented. The plaintiffs allege the defendant intentionally exposed employees to an unsafe working condition.

The couple is seeking compensatory and punitive damages and a trial by jury. They are represented by Timothy L. Eves and Omar D. Ahmad of Eves Law Firm of Huntington.

Cabell Circuit Court case number 19-C-290

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