Posted On: August 3, 2010 by Steven J. Malman

Illinois Railroad Worker Injury Case: Conductor Sues CSX Transportation for Degenerative Spinal Condition

Timothy M. Thompson is seeking over $150,000 plus costs from CSX Transportation. The railroad conductor, who has worked 42 years on the job, says that exposed to unsafe work conditions has left him with cumulative and repetitive trauma, as well as caused the degeneration of his upper extremities and his spine.

Thompson says that he blames the railroad company for his railroad worker injuries. He is accusing CSX of committing a number of negligent acts, including failing to give him a safe work place with safe work conditions and safe work methods and equipment.

The railroad conductor claims that as a result of the poor work conditions that he was subjected to, he has experienced mental anguish, great pain and disability, and extreme nervousness that have led to him developing his degenerative, disabling, permanent, and progressive injuries. He also says that his earning capacity has been impaired, he has already lost large sums of money, and he has incurred medical expenses.

Railroad workers can sue their employers for their work injuries. Unlike other workers, railroad employees are not covered under the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Act, which provides workers with work injury benefits regardless of who was at fault. However, under the Federal Employer’s Liability Act, railroad workers can file work injury lawsuits. Compensation under FELA is based on comparative negligence and not a benefits schedule.

Common railroad worker injuries:
• Back injuries
• Repetitive injuries
• Spinal injuries
• Train accident injuries
• Joint injuries
• Neck injuries
• Burn injuries
• Slip and fall injuries
• Hand injuries
• Wrist injuries
• Elbow injuries
• Knee injuries
• Shoulder injuries

CSX conductor claims injuries over 42-year career, Madison Record, July 20, 2010

Related Web Resources:
CSX Transportation

Railroad Workers, Encyclopedia of Chicago

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