A man claims he developed a blood clot deep in his veins after a floor collapsed as he swept it.

Lucas J. Barnett filed a lawsuit Jan. 5 in St. Clair County Circuit Court against Union Pacific Railroad Company.

In his complaint, Barnett claims he swept a trailer while working for Union Pacific when the floor collapsed on Jan. 25, 2010, causing Barnett to incur multiple injuries.

Because of the floor collapse, Barnett suffered a torn peroneal tendon, blood clots, deep vein thrombosis in his right calf, a pulmonary embolism, a cyst on his right wrist and a low back injury, according to the complaint. In addition, he suffered great pain, disability and mental anguish; incurred medical costs; sustained extreme nervousness; and lost his income, the suit states.

Barnett blames Union Pacific for negligently failing to provide him with a safe place to work and for failing to provide safe equipment for its workers.

Barnett seeks a judgment of more than $50,000, plus costs.

William P. Gavin of the Gavin Law Firm in Belleville will be representing him.

St. Clair County Circuit Court case number: 11-L-00001.

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