A defective drinking fountain is allegedly at fault for the personal injuries suffered by a woman from Nitro, West Virginia while she was attending classes at a university in the Charleston, West Virginia area.


Faith Burdette filed suit against West Virginia State University on August 21 in the Circuit Court of Kanawha County, West Virginia.


Burdette claims that she had been caused to fall and sustain personal injuries by water on the floor of the building she had been walking in on August 23, 2006 that had been sprayed by a nearby water fountain. She said that the accumulated water’s location made it difficult to spot near an elevator door and was caused by a drinking fountain that had not been properly maintained.


Burdette did not specify the exact location of the accident, but said that it occurred at the Thomas W. Cole Jr. Complex at the southern end of the university campus. According to her attorney, she was attending classes at the university at the time.


According to Burdette, her injuries caused her to incur mental anguish and distress, pain and suffering, medical expenses, loss of earning capacity, lost household services, aggravation, annoyance, inconvenience, and lost enjoyment of life.

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