Posted On: November 23, 2008 by Steven J. Malman

Former Railroad Worker Files Illinois Personal Injury Lawsuit Against Ex-Employee for Ulnar Nerve Syndrome and Bilateral Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

In St. Clair County Circuit Court, Doug Newton filed an Illinois injury lawsuit against BNSF Railway Company for work injuries he sustained as an employee. Newton cited bilateral carpal tunnel syndrome, ulnar nerve syndrome, mental anguish, disability, and severe pain as his injuries.

Newton started working as a welder and a trackman for the railroad company in 1994. He says that his work responsibilities with BNSF Railway Company caused his injuries. He is also claiming lost wages, medical expenses, and a diminished earning capacity.

Newton is accusing his former employer of negligence due to the railroad company’s alleged failure to provide him with a safe work environment, the proper work equipment and tools, the proper manpower, the proper training, and the proper supervision, as well as the failure to warn him that he was risking cumulative trauma. He is seeking over $100,000 plus legal costs.

Railroad Injury Cases
Illinois railroad workers are not entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. Rather, a railroad employee must prove his or her case under the Federal Employment Liability Act (FELA). The worker must prove that his or her work injuries were at least partially caused by the railroad company or another affiliated party. A worker can bring its injury claim to the responsible party or file the claim in state or federal court.

Common Railroad Worker Injuries include:

• Head injuries
• Neck injuries
• Back injuries
• Hearing loss
• Train accident injuries
• Railroad equipment injuries
• Slip and fall injuries
• Neurological disorders
• Carpal tunnel syndrome

Railroad worker claims carpal tunnel syndrome, St. Clair Record, November 3, 2008

Related Web Resources:

FELA Quick Facts

Injured Railway Workers: Federal Employers' Liability Act (FELA), Justia

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