PHILADELPHIA – A Cumbola man has filed suit against his employer after a railroad accident severely injured his legs.

Adam Kondertavage filed a complaint on July 14 in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania against Norfolk Southern Corp. citing the Federal Employer's Liability Act.

According to the complaint, the plaintiff was employed by the defendant as a conductor trainee. On March 29, the suit states the plaintiff was working at the Chapman Yard in Lehigh County when the car he was riding suddenly moved, causing him to fall from the car onto the train track. The tanker car rolled on the plaintiff and crushed both of his legs, the suit states, and he lost his left leg and sustained a crush injury to his right. He alleges he needed multiple surgeries.

The plaintiff holds Norfolk Southern Corp. responsible because the defendant allegedly failed to take proper precautions to prevent the accident sustained by the plaintiff and failed to promulgate and enforce proper and sale rules for the operation of its railroad.

The plaintiff seeks judgment against the defendant in an amount that exceeds the jurisdictional limits of this court plus interest and court costs. He is represented by Christopher M. Reid and Isaac A. Hof of Seidel Cohen Hof & Reid LLC in Bethlehem.

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania case number 5:17-cv-03143-EGS

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