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Man struck by large piece of ice that fell from Odd Fellows building sues lodge, facility operator

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By Marian Johns | Aug 5, 2019

CHARLESTON – A Kanawha County man who allegedly suffered injuries from a large piece of ice that fell on his head while he was working near an Independent Order of Odd Fellows lodge has filed suit against the lodge and its maintenance and building operator.

Carlos A. Buck filed suit in Kanawha Circuit Court against the trustees of Kanawha Lodge No. 25 of Independent Order of Odd Fellows and John Doe alleging negligence. 

The suit states Buck, who worked for Absolut Roofing LLC, was injured in January 2018 while working in the alley behind the defendants' lodge in Charleston. Buck alleges he was struck in the head by a large piece of ice that fell from the lodge's building while standing next to his work vehicle. 

According to the suit, Buck suffered severe and permanent injuries as a result of the falling ice and alleges the lodge and Doe, its person in charge of building maintenance, were negligent. Buck claims the defendants failed to maintain, repair and operate the lodge building as well as breached their duty to properly inspect the lodge building.

Buck seeks compensatory damages and attorneys' fees. He is represented by Michael J. Del Giudice in Charleston.

The case has been assigned to Circuit Judge Joanna Tabit.

Kanawaha Circuit Court case number 19-c-653

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