Amtrak passenger says she fell on train's poorly maintained landing

By Jenie Mallari-Torres | Jan 11, 2019

PITTSBURGH — A business invitee is suing National Railroad Passenger Corp., d/b/a Amtrak, a property owner, citing alleged premises liability and negligence.

Edith Etling filed a complaint in the Court of Common Pleas of Allegheny County against National Railroad Passenger Corp., d/b/a Amtrak, alleging the property owner failed to adequately repair and maintain its premises.

According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that on Sept. 11, 2017, she was lawfully on defendant's premises, located at 329 McKinley Ave. in Latrobe, as a business invitee, when she slipped and fell due to a poorly maintained train landing that was located at or near the train exit, causing her serious and permanent injuries, including injuries to her ankle, foot, and head. 

She claims she also sustained lacerations, scrapes, contusions and bruising, suffered pain, anguish, sickness, embarrassment, scarring, loss of earnings, and incurred medical, rehabilitative and other related expenses. 

The plaintiff holds National Railroad Passenger Corp., d/b/a Amtrak, responsible because the defendant allegedly failed to design, construct, maintain and repair the premises, failed to provide sufficient warnings, and failed to block off the dangerous condition of the premises.

The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks judgment against defendant in an amount in excess of $35,000, plus all costs and other relief as the court deems just. She is represented by Marc Simon of Simon & Simon in Pittsburgh.

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