Railroad worker sued after injuring his knee

Michelle Keahey Jun. 13, 2011, 11:55am


A railroad worker is suing his employer after he took a misstep and injured his knee.

Claiming a step was defective, Tommy Norah filed suit against The New Orleans Public Belt Railroad Commission, d/b/a New Orleans Public Belt Railroad Co. on June 2 in federal court in New Orleans on June 2 in federal court in New Orleans.

According to the complaint, Tommy Norah was injured on Nov. 15, 2010 as he stepped down on an allegedly defectively bent, slanted and damaged truck step. He states that as he placed his foot on the step, he felt a pop in his left knee. The injury later required surgical intervention.

The defendant is accused of negligence for failing to provide a reasonably safe place to work, failing to provide safe working conditions, proper tools and equipment to safely carry out work duties, failing to warn of unsafe workplace conditions, failing to provide sufficient and proper assistance and failing to exercise due care and caution commensurate with the surrounding circumstances.

The plaintiff is seeking damages for physical pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment of life, lost wages, medical expenses, interest and court costs.

Norah is represented by Joseph M. Miller, Benjamin B. Saunders and Carisa German-Oden of Davis Saunders PLC in Mandeville. A jury trial is requested.

U.S. District Judge Carl J. Barbier is assigned to the case.

Case No. 2:11-cv-01315

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