BNSF Railroad seeks summary judgment in slip & fall suit

David Yates Mar. 25, 2013, 4:03pm

BNSF Railroad recently filed a motion for summary judgment in a slip-and-fall lawsuit against the company. 

Schlonda Donald filed suit against BNSF on May 13, 2011, in Jefferson County District Court, alleging she slipped on water leaking from a BNSF pipe.

Court records show that BNSF filed its motion on Feb. 22, arguing that the plaintiff has no evidence to support her claims.

The motion also states BNSF had no actual knowledge of the alleged puddle and there were no witnesses to Donald’s fall.

The lawsuit states 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.

BNSF is represented by attorney Randy Donato of the Houston law firm Donato, Minx, Brown & Pool.

Judge Bob Wortham, 58th District Court, is presiding over the case.

Case No. A190-006

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