Posted On: November 18, 2010 by Steven J. Malman

Norfolk Southern Sued Over Repetitive Trauma Injuries

An ex-carman is seeking $100,000 from Norfolk Southern Railway for his railroad worker injuries. Michael Gibson says that over the course of 10 years, he was injured repeatedly and developed repetitive trauma.

Gibson was employed as a carman for the railroad company from 1998 to 2008. He says that he got hurt in August 2008 while attempting to change an air hose underneath the railcar.

In his Illinois railroad worker injury lawsuit, Gibson contends that Norfolk Southern did not provide him with the proper, safe tools or the supervision that he needed to do his job. He also says that the railroad company did not warn him of certain work hazards, failed to create a safe work environment, and tolerated unsafe actions to the point that they became routine.

He blames Norfolk Southern for the "numerous repetitive traumas" that he sustained while fixing railcars. He says that these traumas have resulted in permanent and severe back and body injuries.

Repetitive Trauma
Unfortunately, repetitive trauma injuries are not uncommon for many railroad workers that spend years on the job. Often, the trauma is cumulative, occurring after the constant and forceful, repetitive use of certain body parts, such as the hands. Making repairs while in awkward physical positions, having to take part in vibrating, repetitive work motions, and poor ergonomics can lead to carpal tunnel syndrome and other repetitive stress injuries. These injuries can be extremely painful and debilitating and can affect a worker’s ability to continue to do his/her job or maintain a pain-free life. The spine, neck, shoulders, elbows, neck, hips, knees, and/or back can be seriously affected.

You may have grounds for a FELA lawsuit for your railroad worker injuries.

Carman sues Norfolk Southern over repetitive trauma, The Record, November 17, 2010

Related Web Resources:
Norfolk Southern Railway

Federal Employers Liability Act, HG.org

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