Blacksmith sues Illinois Central over wrist injuries

Kelly Holleran Nov. 3, 2011, 3:39am


A man has filed suit against the railroad where he claims he was working when he sustained injuries to his wrists, arms and shoulders.

Dale G. Braddy claims he worked as a blacksmith and carman for defendant Illinois Central Railroad Company. During his career, Braddy was required to use tools and to lift various instruments while in awkward positions. As a result, Braddy sustained trauma to parts of his body, according to the complaint filed Oct. 21 in St. Clair County Circuit Court.

In addition to his wrist, arm and shoulder injuries, Braddy sustained pain and suffering, incurred permanent disfigurement and disability and lost wages, the suit states. He also incurred medical costs and experienced an impaired ability to enjoy life, the complaint says.

Braddy blames the railroad for causing his injuries, saying it negligently failed to provide him with a safe work place, failed to provide him with proper supervision, failed to provide him with a safe work method and failed to provide him with mechanical lifting assistance, among other negligent acts.

In his complaint, Braddy is seeking a judgment of more than $50,000, plus costs and pre-judgment interest.

He will be represented by John P. Kujawski of Kujawski and Associates in O'Fallon.

St. Clair County Circuit Court case number: 11-L-596.

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