Trackman files FELA suit against Norfolk Southern

Steve Gonzalez Jun. 11, 2008, 8:52am

A trackman for Norfolk Southern Railway filed a Federal Employers' Liability Act (FELA) complaint in Madison County Circuit Court June 9, alleging Norfolk failed to provide him a safe place to work.

Rudolph Bridges claims he was injured in July 2005, near Grabill Ind., while working and jacking railroad tracks.

Bridges claims Norfolk violated provision of FELA by negligently and carelessly failing to provide him safe methods of work, failed to provide sufficient manpower and failed to provide safe tools and equipment.

He claims he sustained injuries to his back, neck, spine, knees and body all of which caused and continues to cause great pain and mental anguish, lost wages and medical expenses.

In addition, Bridges claims during his tenure at Norfolk from 1979 to 2006, he was subjected to numerous repetitive traumas while repairing railroad tracks.

Represented by Gregory Tobin of Pratt & Tobin in East Alton, Bridges is seeking damages in excess of $100,000, plus costs.

The case has been assigned to Circuit Judge Andy Matoesian.

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