Posted On: February 25, 2011 by Steven J. Malman

Worker Sues Union Pacific Railroad Company Over Injuries from Floor Collapse

Lucas J. Barnett is suing Union Pacific Railroad Company for his work injuries that he says he sustained on January 25, 2010 when the floor he was sweeping collapsed. He is seeking over $50,000 plus costs for his Illinois railroad worker injuries.

Injuries Barnett says he sustained include blood clots, a torn peroneal tendon, deep vein thrombosis in his right calf, a pulmonary embolism, a lower back injury, and a cyst on his right wrist. He also says that he experienced great pain, mental anguish, disability, and extreme nervousness. He cites his medical expenses and lost income as among his costs.
Barnett says that Union Pacific did not provide safe equipment or a safe workplace.

Railroad Worker Injury Cases
Railroad workers can sue their employer for work-related injuries. Unlike Illinois workers’ compensation, which doesn’t allow workers to sue their employers but entitles them to work injury benefits, the Federal Employers’ Liability Act lets railroad employees sue for pain and suffering, rehabilitation, lost wages, medical expenses, and therapy. To obtain financial recovery, however, the worker has to establish that there was negligence on the railroad company’s part.

Contrary to popular belief, train accidents and railroad accidents are not the only type of incidents that can cause injuries to railroad employees. Repetitive strain injuries, back injuries, neck injuries, soft tissue damage, carpal tunnel injuries, machinery injuries, and illnesses from exposure to hazardous substances can occur while a worker is attending to daily duties on the job.

Union Pacific blamed for man's blood clot, The Record, February 24, 2011

Related Web Resource:
Union Pacific Railroad Company

FELA, Justia

Related Blog Posts:
Norfolk Southern Sued Over Repetitive Trauma Injuries, Chicago Workers Compensation Lawyer Blog, November 18, 2010

Railroad Worker Sues Norfolk Southern Railway for Back and Neck Injuries from Tamping Gun, Chicago Workers Compensation Lawyer Blog, October 8, 2010

Illinois Railroad Worker Injury Case: Conductor Sues CSX Transportation for Degenerative Spinal Condition, Chicago Workers Compensation Lawyer Blog, August 3, 2010

It is important that you work with a Chicago railroad worker accident law firm that is familiar with FELA and the different railroad laws.

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