Posted On: May 12, 2010 by Steven J. Malman

Former Norfolk Southern Worker Files Illinois Railroad Worker Injury Lawsuit Claiming Exposure to Airborne Pollutants

Gary L. DePrimio, a former Norfolk Southern Railway Company employee, is suing the company for his railroad worker injuries, which he says include brain damage, lung damage, and permanent damage to his body. He is seeking over $50,000 plus costs.

DePrimio claims that his injuries are a result of exposure to paint fumes, ballast dust, sand-blasted debris, toxic dust, and other airborne pollutants. He worked for the railway company for over three decades, from 1977 to 2007.

As a result of his railroad worker injuries, DePrimio says that he lost income, experienced mental anguish and a great deal of pain, incurred medical expenses, and his earning capacity became diminished. He claims that Norfolk Southern did not provide him with the correct equipment and tools, allowed unsafe work practices become the norm, did not provide him with a safe work place or work methods, made him do work that it knew was beyond his physical abilities and could lead to injuries, and did not have enough workers to get the job done.

FELA Lawsuits
As a railroad worker that was injured in the job, the Federal Employee Liability Act lets you seek compensation from your employer for medical expenses, therapy, rehabilitation, pain and suffering, and lost income. While some railroad worker injuries can occur in an instant, such as during a train accident or a railroad explosion, many railroad worker injuries can take years to develop. In addition to repetitive trauma, soft tissue damage, back injuries, neck injuries, and shoulder injuries, serious injuries and health issues can result from exposure to hazardous substances, such as industrial toxins, asbestos, and pollutants.

Norfolk Southern sued by worker claiming exposure to airborne pollutants, The Record, May 5, 2010

Related Web Resources:
Norfolk Southern Railway Company

Railroad Workers & The Federal Employers' Liability Act (FELA), Injury LawWiki

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