CHARLESTON -- A Logan, Ohio, man is suing Prime Insulation, Inc., for injuries sustained from a defective elevator.

Appalachian Power Company d/b/a American Electric Power was also named as a defendant in the suit.

On Sept. 14, 2010, Kevin Cook was directed to descend from his fifth floor work area at the John Amos Power Plant by riding as a passenger in an elevator, according to a complaint filed May 14 in Kanawha Circuit Court.

Cook claims the elevator fell precipitously approximately 20 feet and stopped suddenly, resulting in injuries.

The defendants had a duty to provide a reasonably safe place to work and to exercise reasonable care and diligence in the inspection, operation, maintenance and function of the elevator, but failed to do so, according to the suit.

Cook claims the defendants breached their duty to provide him with a reasonably safe workplace.

The defendants' actions caused Cook to sustain permanent physical pain and suffering; permanent mental anguish and suffering; permanent physical impairment; loss of wages and benefits; loss of earning capacity; medical expenses; and annoyance and inconvenience, according to the suit.

Cook is seeking compensatory and punitive damages with pre- and post-judgment interest. He is being represented by Guy R. Bucci and Mark A. Barney.

The case has been assigned to Circuit Judge James C. Stucky.

Kanawha Circuit Court case number: 12-C-892

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