Noddy A. Fernandez May 28, 2017, 1:12pm


ST. LOUIS — A former train attendant is suing a railroad corporation, negligence in keeping the workplace safe for employees.

Cathy Purnell filed a complaint on May 13 in the St. Louis Circuit Court against National Railroad Passenger Corp. (Amtrak) alleging that the defendant violated the Federal Employer's Liability Act.

According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that starting in July 23, 1975, as an employee of the defendant, the plaintiff sustained injuries while performing her duties. Purnell claims she suffered severe physical injuries due to repetitive and cumulative motions, was violently shaken within the car she was working and was subjected to excessive lateral motion due to defective passenger cars and/or defective track. 

The plaintiff holds the defendant responsible because it allegedly failed to provide a reasonably safe place to work, failed to provide safe appliances for work, failed to provide safe methods for work and failed to properly maintain, repair or inspect the track in which it operated trains.

The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks judgment for a sum in excess of $25,000, together with costs expended, and any other relief to which she may be entitled. She is represented by D. Matthew Dreesen of Dreesen Law Firm LLC in Chesterfield.

St. Louis Circuit Court case number 1722-CC01304

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