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Union Pacific worker claims work-related injuries

By Heather Isringhausen Gvillo | Aug 26, 2013


A railroad worker has filed suit against Union Pacific Railroad Company over work-related injuries.

Douglas Eblin claims he suffered injuries to his neck and the muscles, nerves, bones, ligaments and discs associated with his neck, according to the complaint filed on Aug. 14 in St. Clair County Circuit Court.

On Sept. 9, 2012, Eblin was required to make emergency repairs to the air brake hoses in an awkward position while the train was moving, the suit claims. Eblin also claims he had to navigate on uneven and unmaintained ground to gain access to the brakes when he was injured.

Eblin claims Union Pacific was in violation of the Federal Employers Liability Act when it failed to provide a reasonably safe place to work, failed to provide safe equipment to repair the brakes as the train was moving and required Eblin to walk on unmaintained ground.

Due to Union Pacific’s alleged negligence, Eblin claims he suffered great pain and disability, mental anguish and extreme nervousness and concern regarding his condition.

In his complaint, Eblin seeks a judgment of $50,000, plus costs and other relief the court deems just.

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

St. Clair County Circuit Court case number 13-L-427

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