CSX conductor claims injuries over 42-year career

Kelly Holleran Jul. 20, 2010, 1:43am

A CSX Transportation worker claims his work for the railroad caused his degenerative spinal condition.

Timothy M. Thompson filed a lawsuit June 28 in St. Clair County Circuit Court against CSX Transportation.

Thompson claims that throughout his 42-year career as a conductor, he was exposed to unsafe work conditions, such as repetitive and cumulative traumas.

Because of the work CSX required Thompson perform, he suffered from a degeneration of his spine and upper extremities. In turn, he suffered great pain and disability, mental anguish and extreme nervousness; lost large sums of money; and sustained an impaired earning capacity, according to the complaint. He also incurred medical costs, lost his normal life and suffered permanent, disabling, degenerative and progressing injuries, the suit states.

In his complaint, Thompson blames CSX for causing his injuries, saying the railroad negligently failed to provide him with a safe place to work, failed to provide him with safe work conditions, failed to provide him with safe work methods and failed to provide him with safe equipment, among a number of other negligent acts.

In his three-count suit, Thompson is seeking a judgment of more than $150,000, plus costs.

Ryan Brennan of The Brennan Law Firm in Belleville will be representing him.

St. Clair County Circuit Court case number: 10-L-329.

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