BLUEFIELD – A woman is suing Emerson Electric Company after she claims one of its employees caused her injuries in a collision.

EPM Power & Water Solutions and Phillip John Riggs Jr. were also named as defendants in the suit.

On Nov. 27, 2013, Riggs was employed by Emerson and EPM and was acting within the scope of his employment when he negligently operated a 2012 Dodge Caravan owned by EPM and Emerson in such a fashion as to fail to drive the speed limit; maintain his eyes and view of the road and vehicles in front of him; and failed to maintain control of the Caravan and cause it to collide with the 1997 Honda Civic operated by Ginger Dawn Cavallo, according to an amended complaint filed May 2 in Mercer Circuit Court and removed to federal court on June 1.

Cavallo claims Riggs did not apply his brakes prior to the collision and the collision caused personal bodily injury and other damages to her.

As a result of the negligence of Riggs, Cavallo suffered bodily injury, pain, suffering and property damage, according to the suit.

Cavallo claims she incurred medical expenditures in the amount of $25,877.52 and will continue to incur additional medical expenditures into the future.

Cavallo is seeking compensatory damages. She is being represented by Randall L. Veneri and Anthony R. Veneri.

The defendants are represented by Chip E. Williams and Jared C. Underwood of Pullin, Fowler, Flanagan, Brown & Poe PLLC.

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia case number: 1:16-cv-04965

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