Madison County Circuit Judge Andreas Matoesian on June 27 reset a case management conference for the next available date in a Collinsville man's case against his former employer, Alton & Southern Railway Co.

During Thomas Cooper's 40-year career for Alton & Southern Railway, he claims he sustained injuries to his right shoulder, arm, elbow, hand and back.

Cooper filed suit Nov. 5, 2010, saying he was exposed to cumulative, repetitive trauma during his career with the railway, starting in 1968.

Because of his exposure, Cooper claims he suffered injuries and pain, lost money and experienced an impaired earning capacity, according to the complaint. In addition, he spent more than $75,000 in medical costs, the suit states.

He blames Alton & Southern Railway for causing his injuries. Alton & Southern Railway Co. answered the allegations, stating that Cooper contributed to his own alleged injuries and failed to mitigate damages.

Cooper seeks a judgment of more than $75,000.

John T. Papa of Callis, Papa, Hale, Szewczyk and Danzinger in Granite City represent him.

Thomas Jones and Harlan Harla of Thompson Coburn in Belleville represent Alton & Southern Railway.

Madison County Circuit Court case number: 10-L-1129

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