Engineer sues railroads for mesothelioma

Steve Gonzalez Sep. 19, 2006, 7:55am

Jacob Borntreger filed a Federal Employer's Liability Act suit against Norfolk Southern Railway and Illinois Central Railroad in Madison County Circuit Court Sept. 13, alleging he had extensive exposure to asbestos during his career in Madison County.

Borntreger, a fireman and engineer for Norfolk from 1957-1986, claims he was exposed to and inhaled, ingested or otherwise absorbed asbestos and other chemicals which caused him to develop mesothelioma.

According to the complaint, Borntreger was employed with Illinois Central Railroad from 1950-1955.

He was diagnosed with his fatal disease on Dec. 9, 2005, the suit claims.

Borntreger claims the railroad companies failed to provide safe working conditions, failed to provide safe and adequate tools, failed to warn of the dangers of the asbestos and other chemicals and failed to comply with OSHA regulations.

According to the complaint, Borntreger has become obligated for medical expenses, suffered pain and has been impaired in his normal pursuits of life.

Represented by Patrick O'Brien of St. Louis, Borntreger is seeking damages in excess of $100,000 plus all costs of the suit.

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