Slip & fall against BNSF Railroad slated for summer trial

David Yates Feb. 1, 2012, 4:17am


A discovery control plan order was recently entered in a slip-and-fall lawsuit against BNSF Railroad, slating the case for a summer trial.

Schlonda Donald filed suit against BNSF on May 13 in Jefferson County District Court, alleging she slipped on water leaking from a BNSF pipe.

Court records show that the plan order was entered Jan. 6, calling for all discovery to be conducted by May 31 and for the case to mediated on or before June 30.

If a settlement is not reached, the case will go to trial in July.

The lawsuit stated that on June 20, 2009, Donald, a Renzenberger Inc. employee, claims she slipped and fell because of water leaking from a damaged BNSF pipe. She was in the company's break room at the time of the incident.

The suit alleges BNSF negligently failed to fix the pipe, warn her of the dangers or train its employees.

Donald is suing for her alleged past and future medical expenses, mental anguish, pain, impairment, disfigurement and lost wages, plus all court costs.

Houston attorney Vuk Vujasinovic represents the plaintiff.

Judge Bob Wortham, 58th District Court, is assigned to the case.

Case No. A190-006

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