Fleurette Hatteberg of Arcola, Ill., filed a Federal Employers' Liability Act (FELA) suit in federal court March 1, against Illinois Central Railroad seeking damages in excess of $75,000.

Hatteberg claims on Nov. 1, 2005, she injured herself while removing a hydraulic hammer from a bin in her truck.

She claims ICR failed to provide her with a reasonably safe place to work, failed to provide reasonably safe conditions to work, failed to provide reasonably safe methods and failed to provide reasonably safe equipment.

According to Hatteberg, she suffered serious, painful and permanent injuries to her back which caused her to suffer pain and mental anguish, lost wages and other fringe benefits, became liable for medical expenses and has lost the ability to enjoy the normal pursuits of life.

Hatteberg is represented by Gerard Schneller of Holland, Groves, & Schneller of St. Louis.

The case has been assigned to Chief District Judge G. Patrick Murphy.

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