FELA suit claims back injuries

by Kelly Holleran |
Sep. 15, 2008, 8:25am

A former railroad worker has filed suit against a railroad company, claiming his back was injured due to his work.

William G. Lakin alleges he has sustained lower back injuries, including those to his spine, spinal discs, nerves and soft tissue, after working as a brakeman, conductor and switchman for Union Pacific Railroad Company, according to a suit filed Sept. 11.

As a result of job requirements to ride on and operate the locomotive, Lakin has suffered pain and mental anguish and has been forced to undergo medical treatment, causing substantial medical costs, the suit states.

Lakin has also lost wages and fringe benefits as well as his ability to work, labor and enjoy life, according to the complaint.

Union Pacific Railroad Company was negligent because it failed to provide Lakin with a safe place to work; failed to provide safe conditions, engines, tools and methods for work; failed to enact a comprehensive ergonomics program; failed to provide adequate protection from or to warn of exposure to cumulative trauma; failed to provide adequate training, safety or personal protective equipment, the suit states.

Lakin claims the company was also negligent because it failed to provide adequate help, reasonably safe seats, or an air ride seat; failed to properly inspect, maintain or repair its track and engines; required Lakin to work with defective seats and failed to follow recommendations.

Lakin is seeking a judgment in excess of $15,000, plus costs.

He is represented by Steven J. Groves of Holland, Groves, Schneller & Stolze in St. Louis.

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