Norfolk Southern engineer claims injuries in FELA suit

Kelly Holleran Mar. 16, 2009, 12:13pm

A Norfolk Southern Railway Company employee has filed suit against the railroad, alleging he was injured because of his work for the company.

Kenneth R. Ringe claims that during his career for the railroad, he injured his neck, back and upper and lower extremities because he was required to operate heavy machinery and to use impact tools.

He worked in the Maintenance of Way or Track Department from 1973 until 1994 and in the Transportation Department as a locomotive engineer from 1994 until now, according to the complaint filed March 13 in Madison County Circuit Court.

In addition to his injuries, Ringe suffered mental anguish, lost wages, incurred medical costs and experienced pain and suffering, the suit states.

He also claims his ability to work, labor and enjoy the normal pursuits of life has been impaired.

Named as co-defendants in the complaint are Consolidated Rail Corporation and American Premier Underwriters.

Ringe is seeking a judgment in excess of $50,000, plus costs.

He is represented by Ryan M. Furniss and Eric D. Holland of Holland, Groves and Schneller in St. Louis.

Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-0254.

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