Norfolk Southern sued over trackman's knee injuries

Kelly Holleran Sep. 6, 2012, 1:53am

A former railroad worker claims he sustained knee injuries after enduring repetitive trauma throughout his career.

David M. Young filed a lawsuit Aug. 27 in Madison County Circuit Court against Norfolk Southern Railway Company.

In his complaint, Young claims he worked as a trackman for Norfolk Southern from 1976 until 2012. During his career, Young suffered numerous repetitive trauma injuries while he was repairing railroad tracks, according to the complaint.

In addition to his knee injuries, Young suffered great pain and mental anguish, lost money, sustained an impaired earning capacity and incurred medical costs, the suit states.

He blames Norfolk for causing his injuries, saying it negligently failed to provide safe tools, failed to provide suitable equipment, failed to provide him with proper personal protective gear, failed to provide proper supervision and failed to warn him of hazardous circumstances.

In his complaint, Young is seeking a judgment of more than $50,000, plus costs.

Gregory M. Tobin of Pratt and Tobin in East Alton will be representing him.

Madison County Circuit Court case number: 12-L-1367.

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