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Former employee sues common carrier for alleged negligence

By Michael Abella | Jan 30, 2017

BELLEVILLE — The special administrator of a former Union Pacific employee alleges the decedent developed lung cancer from toxic exposures.

Mary Donahue, special administrator of the estate of John Donahue, deceased filed a complaint on Jan. 17, in the St. Clair County Circuit Court against Union Pacific Railroad Company alleging that the common carrier violated the Federal Employee Liability Act and the Locomotive Inspection Act.

According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that during the course of the decedent employment with Union Pacific from 1979 to 2012, he was exposed toxic substances that caused him to develop and suffer from lung cancer.

Prior to his death on March 13, 2016, he suffered physical and mental pain, disability and medical expenses, the suit states. Mary Donahue alleges she suffered great pecuniary loss.

The plaintiff alleges Union Pacific failed to provide a safe place to work and failed to provide adequate equipment to protect him from toxic substances.

The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks judgment against the defendant in an amount exceeding $50,000, plus costs of this suit.

She is represented by William P. Gavin and Catherine E. Gavin of Gavin Law Firm in Belleville.

St. Clair County Circuit Court case number 17-L-17

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