HUNTINGTON - A woman is suing Rumpke Consolidated Companies Inc. after she claims one of its employees caused a car accident.

Ryan Ballard, an employee of Rumpke, was also named as a defendant in the suit.

On April 26, Jessica Pittman was a passenger in a vehicle sitting still on a road that bordered the edge of Kroger's parking lot in Huntington when Ballard, who was driving a Rumpke vehicle, struck the vehicle she was in and caused her injuries, according to a complaint filed March 19 in Cabell Circuit Court.

Pittman claims Ballard struck the vehicle she was in head-on, which threw her violently inside the vehicle.

Ballard's negligence caused Pittman to sustain various injuries, including post-concussion headache syndrome, as well as various bruises; strain, sprain and soft tissue injuries, strain and sprain-type injuries to the spine and neck; and other injuries, according to the suit.

Pittman claims she also incurred medical and hospital expenses; surgery, therapy treatments, medication and travel expenses to and from doctor's offices and hospitals.

The defendants' actions caused Pittman to be permanently handicapped and "will be in the future and for the remainder of her life disabled from performing her usual and normal vocations and avocations," according to the suit.

Pittman is seeking compensatory damages. She is being represented by Larry O. Ford of Meyer, Ford, Glasser & Radman PLLC.

The case has been assigned to Circuit Judge David M. Pancake.

Cabell Circuit Court case number: 13-C-183

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