A woman from Huntington, West Virginia has filed suit against the Greater Huntington Parks and Recreations District, alleging that she suffered personal injuries after tripping and falling on uneven pavement around a storm drain at Ritter Park.

According to the suit she filed on January 7 in West Virginia’s Cabell Circuit Court, Nathalena Baumgardner was a visitor at the park after dark on July 7, 2007, to witness an outdoor play when she tripped over “an uneven, paved surface area surrounding a sunken storm drain." 

Baumgardner claims the fall caused her to experience serious and severe injuries and great physical and mental pain and anguish and become sick, sore, lame, and disabled.

Baumgardner further alleges that the injuries aggravated a previously existing defect and caused her to incur medical bills and lost wages and earning capacity.

The suit alleges negligence on the part of Greater Huntington Parks and Recreations District for failure to warn, failure to provide adequate lighting, failure to provide proper maintenance, and failure to provide reasonable notice of dangerous conditions.

Baumgardner seeks damages in excess of the jurisdictional limits of Cabell Circuit Court, plus costs and interest.
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