Plaintiff seeks expedited trial in suit against BNSF

David Yates Apr. 25, 2012, 8:44am

John Tavormina

A plaintiff alleging BNSF Railway negligently failed to act on a worker's stroke symptoms is seeking an expedited trial setting.

As previously reported, Billie Jordan, acting as next of friend of William Jordan, filed the suit against BNSF on Oct. 14.

On April 18 the plaintiff filed a motion for preferential expedited trial setting, seeking to have the case tried in November 2012.

The motion argues that William Jordan, who is 49 years old and married with two children, is totally disabled and unable to provide for his family.

According to the lawsuit, on Nov. 9, 2010, William Jordan was working for BNSF when he began showing signs of an impending stroke. Despite reporting the signs to the Beaumont manager, no steps were taken to provide him with medical treatment, according to the suit.

"As a result, plaintiff ultimately suffered a stroke and BNSF's failure to get him prompt treatment caused plaintiff permanent and disabling injuries," the suit states.

The suit accuses the defendant of failing to train its employees to recognize stroke symptoms.

Billie Jordan is seeking damages for her husband's lost wages and is also suing for loss of spousal consortium.

Houston attorney John Tavormina of Tavormina & Young represents her.

Judge Gary Sanderson, 6oth District Court, is assigned to the case.

Case No. B191-205

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