Casino worker claims injuries from lifting bag of coins

Steve Gonzalez Feb. 14, 2006, 7:50am

A Harrah's cage cashier filed a federal lawsuit claiming she was severely injured after lifting a bag of tokens from the floor on Feb. 14, 2003.

According to the Jones Act complaint filed Feb. 6, Pamela Angel was a member of the M/V Players Riverboat Casino II which was a vessel in navigation afloat on the Ohio River in Metropolis.

Angel claims Harrah's failed to provide her a safe place to work, failed to provide her with reasonably safe tools and equipment, failed to provide sufficient and competent assistance and failed to provide sufficient and competent supervision and training breaching the statutory duties imposed by the Jones Act.

Angel claims she sustained severe and permanent injuries to her back, lost wages, suffered a loss of earning capacity, has had pain and suffering, became obligated to pay medical expenses associated with her back injuries and sustained a disability.

Represented by Craig Jensen of the Lakin Law Firm, Angel is seeking damages in excess of $150,000.

She also is seeking maintenance and cure in an amount of $40 per day until she is completely cured of her injuries.

The case has been assigned to District Judge J. Phil Gilbert in Benton.


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