GRAFTON – A couple is suing Frontier after they claim it is responsible for work-related injuries.

Frontier Communications Corporation; Frontier West Virginia Inc.; Gudenkauf Corporation; and T.A. Chapman Inc. were all named as defendants in the suit.

On June 23, 2016, at 12:30 p.m., Bernard Rollyson, who was employed by Gudenkauf, was conducting telephone pole and line repairs, which were contracted for by Frontier, according to a complaint filed Aug. 1 in Taylor Circuit Court.

Bernard Rollyson and his wife, Rosella Rollyson, claim Bernard Rollyson was directed to begin excavation for setting a new replacement utility pole for a damaged pole when the brace support for the pole suddenly and without warning detached and/or freed from the ground due to its improper setting and/or placement at the time of installation, or as a result of improper maintenance, causing the brace pole to fall free and knock him to the ground, pinning him beneath the pole.

Because of the incident, Bernard Rollyson sustained severe personal injuries, including multiple fractures of the transverse processes of the lumbar spine; injuries and damages to his bones, joints, ligaments, tendons, nerves, muscles, intervertebral discs, and/or surrounding soft tissues of the lumbar and lumbo-sacral spine; multiple fractures to the pelvis and/or pubic rami; multiple fractures of the sacrum; internal injuries to muscles, organs, nerves and/or tissues; multiple assorted hematomas, abrasions and/or contusions; and other injuries and shock, according to the suit.

The Rollysons are seeking compensatory damages. They are being represented by Laura E. Balzarini of Balzarini & Watson.

Taylor Circuit Court case number: 17-C-46

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