Posted On: May 22, 2010 by Steven J. Malman

Conductor Files Railroad Worker Injury Lawsuit Against Union Pacific

Gary D. Waltemate is suing Union Pacific Railroad Company for his railroad worker injuries. Waltemate says that he hurt his neck, back, and left shoulder on December 16, 2007 when the ground he was walking on gave way and he fell. At the time, Waltermate was tying down a train at the railroad company’s Sauget tie yard.

The railroad conductor blames the defendant for causing his fall accident injuries. He claims that Union Pacific did not provide him with a safe workplace or work conditions, neglected to take care of its employees’ health, failed to provide them with the proper safety measures, required that he walk on uneven surfaces, and knowingly made him perform tasks that could cause him injuries.

Waltemate says that because of his physical injuries, he has suffered mental anguish, incurred medical expenses, lost wage and benefits, had to undergo multiple surgeries, and experienced pain and suffering, Also, he says that his ability to work became diminished, as did his ability to participate in his normal life pursuits.

He is seeking a judgment of over $50,000 plus costs.

Railroad Worker Claims
Unlike other employees, railroad workers are not entitled to Illinois workers’ compensation, which provides employees with work injury benefits regardless of who was at fault. Railroad workers have to prove that their employer was at least partially responsible for causing their railroad worker accident, injuries, or illness. If an injured worker's Federal Employers' Liability Act (FELA) claim is successful, he or she may be able to obtain coverage for lost wages, rehabilitation, medical expenses, and pain and suffering.

Union Pacific worker alleges injuries after ground gave way, Madison Record, May 19, 2010

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