Tyson employee seeks $500,000 for fall at Carthage facility

By Michelle Massey, East Texas Bureau | Feb 5, 2010

MARSHALL -- As she walked toward the supervisor's office, Tyson Foods employee Gwendolyn Miles says she slipped on a wet floor and fell. Miles claims a leak in the roof caused the floor to become a hazardous condition.

Miles filed a personal injury lawsuit against Tyson Foods Inc. on Feb. 2 in the Marshall Division of the Eastern District of Texas, arguing the Tyson building was not a safe place to work and was in violation of the Texas Labor Code.

She states that on March 26, 2009, she was walking towards her supervisor's office in the Tyson facility in Carthage when she slipped on a wet floor. The suit states she fell and hurt her neck, shoulder, elbow, hip and leg.

In the lawsuit, the plaintiff alleges Tyson is negligent for failing to provide a safe work place, failing to maintain the roof of the building, failing to warn of and remedy known hazardous conditions.

Miles is seeking damages up to $500,000 for past and future physical pain and mental anguish, lost earnings, damage to earning capacity, physical impairment, medical expenses, loss of consortium, loss of household services and prejudgment and post-judgment interest.

Jury trial is requested.

Marshall attorney Bruce A. Craig of The Carlile Law Firm LLP is representing the plaintiff.

U.S District Judge David Folsom has referred the case to Magistrate Judge Charles Everingham for pretrial proceedings.

Case No 2:10cv00041

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