Posted On: January 27, 2010 by Steven J. Malman

Machinist Sues BNSF for Railroad Worker Injuries, Including Repetitive Trauma

A BNSF Railway Company worker is suing his employer for work-related injuries. Kenneth D. Johnson is seeking over 100,000 plus costs.

Johnson says he began working for the railroad as a machinist on August 9, 1968. His duties included installing and taking off turbo screens on locomotives, installing inertial filters, working with pipe engines, changing oil coolers, working on train engines, and sitting hatches.

Johnson says that due to the repetitive strain and stress of his work and the kind of tasks that he had to perform, he sustained permanent and serious injuries. He also suffered shoulder pain, shoulder deterioration, permanent disfigurement, and permanent disability. Johnson is claiming pain and suffering, lost wages, medical bills, and the inability to live a normal life.

Johnson is accusing BNSF of negligence, including their failures to provide him with the proper work tools, give him enough space to do his job, provide him a safe area to work, and adequately take care of employees’ safety. Johnson says that BNSF gave him improper equipment to do his job and required that he work in physical positions that made him susceptible to injury.

Contrary to popular belief, Illinois train accidents and railroad blasts are not the only causes of serious injuries to railroad workers. Many railroad injuries are cumulative, causing the worker's condition to deteriorate over a number of years until he/she has been rendered permanently disabled. Repetitive strain, soft tissue injuries, back injuries, shoulder injuries, and illnesses from exposure to toxic substances and solvents are some of the more common railroad worker injuries.

After years of service as a railroad worker, it is devastating to find out that you were permanently injured because you were doing your job. Fortunately, the Federal Employee Liability Act allows workers to obtain damages for medical costs, pain and suffering, lost income, therapy, rehabilitation, and other related damages.

Veteran machinist claims repetitive trauma in suit against BNSF, Madison Record, January 22, 2010

Related Web Resources:

Repetitive Strain Injuries, Los Angeles Times

Contact our FELA lawyers today. Our Chicago, Illinois railroad worker injury attorneys represent clients throughout the state.

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