A railroad worker has filed suit against the company that he claims he was working for when he sustained injuries while working on a truck with an unsafe suspension system.

Richard C. Schrader claims he was working as a trackman for defendant Norfolk Southern Railway Company on June 30, 2010, when he sustained the injuries.

Schrader does not specify how his injuries occurred, but says that he sustained severe and permanent injuries to his back, neck and body because of the unsafe suspension system on the truck. In addition, he suffered great pain and mental anguish, lost earnings, experienced a diminished earning capacity and incurred medical costs, according to the complaint filed Feb. 2 in Madison County Circuit Court.

Norfolk Southern negligently failed to provide Schrader with safe tools, failed to provide him with proper equipment and supervision, failed to warn of the hazardous condition, allowed unsafe practices to become common, assigned Schrader duties that it knew would result in injuries to him and assigned him duties beyond his physical capacity, among other negligent acts, the suit states.

In his two-count complaint, Schrader is seeking a judgment of more than $100,000, plus costs.

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

Madison County Circuit Court case number: 12-L-144.

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