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Former Carthage Tyson Worker Files Lawsuit

A former Tyson Foods chicken processor employee in Carthage is suing the company saying she was injured when an overhead hook caught her hair weave and dragged her down the assembly line.


Betty Josephine Stoker of Marshall, alleges the incident took place in June of 2012 at the Carthage facility. She said she was told to leave her station where she pulled chicken livers to help a colleague in the overhead packing area of the plant. Stoker said she had never worked this job before and wasn’t given any training or instructions how to safely perform the job assignment.


The suit, filed last month, Stoker was struck in the head by a metal shackle, and the hook on the shackle caught the hairpiece she was wearing and dragged her down the line by the head and neck.


The suit says Stoker had lost consciousness and was taken to the nurse’s station, before being transferred to the Carthage hospital, and then to a Longview hospital. She’s reportedly suffered from more injuries to her neck and back.


Tyson’s accused of negligence for failing to provide a safe place to work, failing to properly train, failing to warn of any hazards or risk with the job, and other safety claims. Stoker wants damages for past medical expenses, which the suit states are currently in excess of $200,000, and future medical expenses. Stoker is also suing for loss of earning capacity, disfigurement, impairment, pain and suffering, interest, costs and exemplary damages.

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