Former Amtrak employee sues company over cafeteria slip-and-fall

By Jon Campisi | Oct 6, 2011

A Bucks County, Pa. woman who worked for Amtrak and claims she became injured after falling at a worksite cafeteria has filed a personal injury lawsuit against the company, also known as the National Railroad Passenger Corporation.

Attorney Mitchell A. Kaye, of the Bala Cynwyd, Pa. law firm of Coffey Kaye Myers & Olley, filed the federal complaint Oct. 3 at the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania on behalf of Jane M. Suta of Levittown, Pa.

According to the complaint, Suta, who was working at the company’s reservation center in Philadelphia at the time, was walking through the cafeteria on Nov. 6, 2010, when she suddenly tripped and fell on a food substance that had been left on the floor.

The incident, which happened near the serving island in the center of the cafeteria, caused Suta to sustain various physical injuries, the lawsuit states, including, but not limited to, contusions to her back, hip, knee and leg.

Suta also sustained post-traumatic cephalgia, right occipital neuralgia, right cervical radiculopathy, cervical strain with fibromyositis as well as right lumbar strain, the suit claims.

All of her injuries are, or may be permanent in nature, the suit states.

The complaint accuses the defendant of negligence for failing to ensure that the food serving area was free from slippery substances on the floor. It also faults Amtrak for failing to properly stack food and properly provide food to its employees.

Suta seeks a judgment in excess of $150,000. She has demanded a jury trial.

The federal case number is 2:11-cv-06199-PBT.

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