Noddy A. Fernandez Jun. 5, 2017, 12:56pm


ST. LOUIS — A Froney, Texas, woman is suing a St. Louis railroad corporation, citing alleged negligence in keeping the workplace safe for employees.

Debra Durfield filed a complaint on May 26 in the St. Louis 22nd Judicial 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 in May 2005, as an on-board services employee of the defendant, the plaintiff sustained injuries while performing her duties. Durfield 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 National Railroad Passenger Corp.responsible because the defendant 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 on 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 22nd Judicial Circuit Court case number 1722-CC01410

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