Marion Co. woman blames Best Buy for injuries

By Kyla Asbury | Dec 13, 2011

MORGANTOWN -- A Marion County woman is suing Best Buy for injuries she sustained while working for the store.

E-P Equipment; USA Corp.; and EP Equipment, Co., LTD were also named as defendants in the suit.

Jennifer N. Parrish was an employee of Best Buy and was trained by Best Buy to inventory merchandise in the store, according to a complaint filed Nov. 8 in Monongalia Circuit Court.

Parrish claims her job duties did not include the loading and unloading of merchandise delivery trucks and she was not trained to load or unload trailers using a Model EP 55-II pallet jack.

On Sept. 23, 2010, Parrish was injured when she was ordered to use the pallet jack when she was not trained on it, nor was she familiar with the use of the pallet jack, according to the suit.

Parrish claims her supervisor failed to acknowledge the seriousness of her injury and ignored her request to not work on her injured foot.

Parrish's supervisor admonished her for not getting the job done and instructed her to continue working on her injured foot, in violation of OSHA workplace standards and practices, according to the suit.

Parrish claims the defendants had actual knowledge of the existence of the specific unsafe working conditions and of the high degree of risk and the strong probability of serious injury or death presented by the unsafe working condition.

The defendants violated West Virginia Code and caused Parrish serious and permanent bodily injury, according to the suit.

Parrish is seeking compensatory damages with pre- and post-judgment interest. She is being represented by Jeffery L. Robinette and Terry B. Tignor.

Monongalia Circuit Court case number: 11-C-715

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