FELA Lawsuit Claims Cumulative Trauma

October 10, 2006

An Illinois railroad worker has filed a lawsuit, claiming that his employer’s failure to provide a safe working environment caused him to suffer “cumulative trauma.”

Gregory Whitelow claims that he was required to use unsupportive, excessively vibrating equipment that caused him to sustain repeated trauma to his arms, elbows, and hands. He said that his injuries have required medical treatment.

According to his complaint, Illinois Central Railroad (ICR) failed to provide reasonable working conditions in violation of the Federal Employers’ Liability Act. Whitelow is seeking more than $75,000 in damages against his employer for lost wages and benefits, medical expenses, and pain and mental anguish.

The lawsuit was filed in United States District Court late last month.

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