PHILADELPHIA — A worker is suing Amtrak and other entities, citing an alleged unsafe work environment.
Jesse Hernandez filed a complaint the Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas against the defendants, alleging they failed to provide a safe place to work. The defendants removed the case to federal court in February.
According to the complaint, on March 12, 2018, plaintiff was lawfully working in and around the train tracks at South 38th Street and Grays Avenue in Philadelphia when he was struck by a train and thrown several feet.
He reports sustaining serious and disabling injuries, including but not limited to traumatic brain injury, skull fracture and severely comminuted displaced mandible fractures. The plaintiff says the defendants failed to undertake necessary steps to prevent a train from hitting workers at the accident site and failed to plan and coordinate the work process.
The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks compensatory and punitive damages, with interest and costs. He is represented by Robert Mongeluzzi, Jeffrey Goodman and Samuel Dordick of Saltz Mongeluzzi Barrett & Bendesky in Philadelphia.