Trackman claims multiple injuries in suit against Norfolk Southern

Andrea Dearden Feb. 9, 2012, 12:44am

A Madison County man who says he was hurt by decades of work on a railroad wants his former employer to pay him more than $50,000 for the injuries.

James P. Goble filed a lawsuit Jan. 31 in Madison County Circuit Court against Norfolk Southern Railway Company.

According to the complaint, Goble worked as a trackman for Norfolk Southern Railway from 1980 until 2012. In the more than 30 years he spent repairing the railroad tracks, Goble says he was subjected to multiple injuries to his neck, wrists and body -- all of which, he claims, caused him "great pain and mental anguish."

Goble says the injuries also caused him to lose money over the years.

He accuses Norfolk Southern of negligence for allegedly failing to provide safe working conditions that he says would have avoided the injuries and the related costs. He is asking for more than $50,000 in damages.

Attorney Gregory M. Tobin of East Alton is representing Goble.

Madison County Circuit Court Case No. 12-L-131

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