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Woman seeks $1.5 million in suit

September 02, 1998|By BRENDAN KIRBY

A Hagerstown woman has filed a $1.5 million lawsuit against Shoney's, Valley Mall, and its partner alleging they were negligent when she tripped on a concrete walkway last October.

Betty Jane Haugh, who lives on South Potomac Street, was planning to eat breakfast at the Shoney's restaurant at Valley Mall on the morning of Oct. 15, 1997, according to the suit filed Monday in Washington County Circuit Court.

Before she made it inside, Haugh tripped over an uneven piece of a concrete walk, according to allegations contained in the suit.

The fall caused "serious injuries to her arms, neck, back, wrists and legs," the suit alleges.

The six-count suit alleges that Shoney's, Hagerstown Valley Mall Associates and The Equitable Life Assurance Society of the United States, knew of the "trip-point" but failed to repair it.

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Haugh's fall caused her "to suffer great physical pain, mental anguish, permanent injuries (and) loss of time from her normal activities," according to the suit.

The suit seeks $500,000 from each defendant, claiming they were negligent and failed to properly supervise their "agents, servants and employees to properly maintain the mall Property."

Officials from Shoney's referred calls to a regional manager, who could not be reached for comment.

Valley Mall manager Bill Lynn said the accident occurred before the mall was sold. He referred calls to Kristin Mueller, regional manager for Compass Retail Inc., the mall's former management company. She could not be reached for comment.

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