BECKLEY – An equipment operator alleges he was injured by an unsafe working condition known to his Raleigh County employer.

Lawrence Rakes Jr. filed a complaint July 26 in Raleigh Circuit Court against Alpha Natural Resources LLC, doing business as Marfork Coal Co. LLC, alleging deliberate intent.

According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that on July 31, 2015, he sustained severe and permanent injuries, including but not limited to multiple pelvic fractures, rib fractures and fracture to his left knee mallelous and left tibia, in a fall while working for the defendant.

The plaintiff holds Alpha Natural Resources LLC responsible because the defendant allegedly had knowledge of the unsafe working condition and of the risk of serious injury or death presented by it.

The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks damages in excess of the jurisdictional limits of the court, plus interest as well as costs and expenses incurred for this action. He is represented by Anthony M. Salvatorre of Hewitt & Salvatore PLLC in Fayetteville. The case has been assigned to Circuit Judge Andrew Dimlich.

Raleigh Circuit Court case number 17-C-422

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