FELA Lawsuit Cites Back Injuries, Asbestosis

January 5, 2007

A former trackman for CSX filed a Federal Employer’s Liability Act (FELA) lawsuit late last month, claiming that the rail company’s failure to provide him with a safe working environment caused him to develop asbestosis and sustain back injuries.

Jack Franklin was diagnosed with asbestosis – a respiratory disease caused by exposure to asbestos fibers – in May 2004. According to the complaint, his condition was a direct result of the negligence of his employer. He claims that CSX failed to:

  • Monitor and/or inspect levels of asbestos in the workplace
  • Warn employees of the dangers associated with asbestos exposure
  • Provide safe equipment and methods of work

Franklin also alleges that his back injuries are a consequence of working with awkward and unsafe equipment and also having to work in uncomfortable kneeling and standing positions.

As a result of his injuries, Franklin claims that he has suffered pain, mental anguish, inconvenience, medical expenses, lost wages, and more. He is seeking damages in excess of $150,000.

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