Two Illinois FELA Railroad Injury Cases Filed

October 19, 2005

In recent months, at least two FELA lawsuits have been filed in St. Clair County, Illinois on behalf of railroad workers allegedly injured on the job. Both lawsuits, filed against the injured worker's employers, claim the railroad companies' negligence resulted in significant work related injuries. Both FELA lawsuits seek over $50,000 in damages. Under the FELA, or Federal Employer's Liability Act, an injured worker has the right to sue his or her employer for damages resulting from work related injuries.

On September 16, 2005 a FELA case was filed in St. Clair County on behalf of injured railroad worker Timothy Fisher. This FELA lawsuit alleges that Fisher was injured while working on a railroad container as a mechanic for Union Pacific Railroad in Cahokia. Mr. Fisher suffered serious injuries to his right shoulder. The FELA complaint states that Union Pacific failed to provide Fisher with adequate tools and a stable work platform, failed to provide him with proper training, and negligently put a defective container into service.

On October 12, 2005 another FELA lawsuit was filed in St. Clair County. In this FELA case, the plaintiff, a former trackman with Alton & Southern Railway, alleged that his employer was responsible for the serious and permanent injuries he suffered on the job. Willis T. McCoy filed this Federal Employer's Liability Act lawsuit for severe and permanent neck, back, and spinal injuries as well as pain and mental anguish. These injuries were allegedly the result of 40 years of "numerous repetitive traumas and walking on unstable ballast." The FELA suit claims that Alton & Southern failed to proved sufficient manpower and a safe work environment.

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