Employee seeks damages following fall on an unsecured manhole cover

By Carrie Bradon | Apr 17, 2019

CHARLESTON — A man is suing his employer, alleging he was injured when he stepped on an unsecured manhole cover on his worksite.

Jeffery Scott Angel filed a complaint in Kanawha Circuit Court against Lumos Network of West Virginia Inc., Tri-State Pipeline Inc., et al.

The suit states the plaintiff was working for the defendant at 1500 MacCorkle Ave. SE. in Charleston on Nov. 18, 2017 when he parked at the defendant's offices to begin his workday. The plaintiff was parked near a manhole cover that was improperly secured. The plaintiff's foot was caused to fall near the manhole cover, which gave way causing the plaintiff to fall and strike his head, neck and hip causing permanent damage to his cervical and thoracic spine.

The defendant is accused of negligence.

The plaintiff is seeking all reasonable sums due, attorney fees and court costs. The plaintiff is represented by Robert Lorea of Lorea Law Office  in Charleston.

The case has been assigned to Judge Tod Kaufman.

Kanawha Circuit Court case number 19-C-140

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