RIPLEY – A woman is suing the Ripley location of a fast food seafood chain for losing a body part following an on-the-job injury.

Melissa Ann Fields filed suit in Jackson Circuit Court against Performance Foods Corporation of Mansfield, Ohio. In her complaint filed Jan. 25, Fields alleges Performance, which operates the Long John Silver's in Ripley, was negligent in maintaining one of the restaurant's doors which resulted in the dismemberment of one of her fingers.

According to her suit, Fields was instructed by the restaurant's manager, Jonathon Taylor, to lock one of the doors after and the end of the evening shift on Jan. 28, 2009. The door, she alleges, was know by all employees "to be broken, unsafe and not functioning properly."

When she attempted to lock and close the door, Fields alleges her "left ring finger was completely amputated by a malfunctioning part of the door. The suit does not provide specifics on how the door malfunctioned or how it resulted in Fields' finger becoming amputated.

Regardless, Fields maintains Performance's knowledge about the door created an unsafe workplace which resulted in her becoming "seriously and permanently injured." She alleges the injury not only resulted in her in incurring "humiliation, embarrassment, annoyance and inconvenience," but also a loss of "wages ... earning capacity ... ability to perform household services ... and ability to enjoy life."

Fields seeks unspecified damages, interest, attorney fess and court costs. She is represented by Truman C. Griffith with the Warner Law Offices in Charleston.

The case is assigned to Judge David W. Nibert.

Jackson Circuit Court case number 11-C-10

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