Railroad Worker Files FELA Suit Against Alton & Southern

May 12, 2006

A former maintenance employee at Alton & Southern Railway filed a Federal Employer's Liability Act (FELA) complaint alleging the company failed to provide a safe work environment.

Tommy Lee Harris is seeking damages of more than $100,000 claiming he suffered serious injuries when a railroad tie fell on his lower extremities and foot.

According to the lawsuit, Alton & Southern negligently failed to:

  • Provide Harris with assistance for the maintenance work he performed,
  • Properly oversee the work that was performed
  • Secure the railroad tie that fell on Harris
  • Provide proper equipment
  • Warn Harris of the dangers connected with the job he was performing

Harris alleges that his former employer's actions directly resulted in permanent injuries that have caused him immeasurable pain and suffering, lost wages, medical expenses, disability, and the loss of a normal life.

The lawsuit also claims that once Harris revealed to Alton & Southern that he would pursue a FELA lawsuit seeking recovery, he was filed from his job.

"Alton & Southern terminated Harris intentionally and maliciously," the lawsuit alleges.

Harris claims that his reported wrongful termination resulted in lost wages, emotional upset, damage to his reputation, pain and suffering, embarrassment, and inconvenience.

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