CHARLESTON – A Boone County man blames Elkem Metals for his fall while working at their Alloy plant.

Daniel Petroff filed the lawsuit Jan. 25 in Kanawha Circuit Court.
Petroff, who lives in Seth, was working for Quail Construction Company at Elkem's facility in Alloy in Fayette County on Aug. 12, 2005.

He says he was seriously and permanently injured when he fell off a 12-foot ladder onto the maintenance platform. Petroff, who is represented by attorney Bruce L. Freeman, claims Elkem was negligent by, among other things, failing to provide a safe working environment.

Petroff also says the fall caused him "to incur diverse and sundry expenses for doctors, hospitals, medicines and other medical care and attention to date" in amount to be determined. Because the injuries are permanent, he said these expenses will continue in the future.

He claims he also was caused to lose wages and income and will continue to do so in the future. Also, he says he has sustained a reduction in his capacity and ability to earn money, labor in the future and to enjoy life.

Petroff seeks compensatory damages as well as pre-judgment interest and cost.

He requests a jury trial.

The case has been assigned to Circuit Judge Irene Berger.

Kanawha Circuit Court case number: 06-C-129

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