Posted On: December 4, 2008 by Steven J. Malman

Illinois Railroad Worker Sues CSX Transportation for Repetitive Trauma Injuries

An Illinois railroad worker is suing CSX Transportation for serious injuries he says he sustained as a machine operator. He filed his railroad injury complaint in Madison County Superior Court.

From 1974 to 2008, Randolph K. Brewer says he was subject to a number of repetitive traumas while fixing railroad bridges and tracks. He claims he suffered permanent and serious injuries that have affected his knees, spine, and body and that he has experienced mental anguish and severe physical pain as a result.

Brewer is seeking over $50,000 plus costs for his injuries, pain and suffering, medical costs, lost wages, and diminished earning capacity. In his railroad injuries lawsuit, the railroad worker is accusing CSX Transportation of letting unsafe practices become the norm and allowing Brewer to do work that was beyond his physical capacities, as well as work where he could be prone to injuries. Brewer is also accusing CSX of neglecting to provide a safe work environment, adequate manpower, and safe working methods.

Repetitive Motion Injuries
Because of the nature of their jobs, many railroad workers risk sustaining repetitive motion injuries that place severe stress on their bodies and make it hard for them to continue working. Repetitive tasks while the body is placed in awkward positions, forceful, repetitive use of certain body parts, and work that forces the body to be in constant vibration are some of the conditions that can result in railroad workers suffering from repetitive motion injuries.

Bursitis, tendonitis, carpal tunnel syndrome, and osteoarthritis are examples of repetitive motion injuries that can occur while performing railroad-related work duties. These injuries not only cause undo stress on the body, but they can lead to pain and suffering and permanent disabilities.

Railroad companies are supposed to implement the proper safety measures to make sure that workers are not placed in situations that could cause them to sustain injuries. Failure to fulfill this duty of care can be grounds for a railroad injury claim or lawsuit.

Machine operator sues CSX over injuries, The Madison St. Clair Record, December 1, 2008

Related Web Resources:


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

Contact Chicago FELA Railroad Accident Attorney Steve Malman today.

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