More FELA Lawsuits Filed Against Illinois Railroad Company

May 21, 2005

In March, a new bundle of work-related injury claims by previous railroad employees were filed under the Federal Employers’ Liability Act (FELA) against their former employer, Illinois Central Railroad.

The workers claim they were diagnosed with serious asbestosis, a scarring of the lungs, and occupational lung cancer during their employment with the railroad company. They allege their employer, Illinois Central Railroad, knew of the risks associated with asbestos exposure, but failed to adequately warn employees, or to terminate job duties, equipment, or practices that would minimize the levels of asbestos exposure.

Attorney Daniel Francis, who filed the FELA lawsuits on behalf of the former workers, will help his clients prove that Illinois Central Railroad was “legally negligent” in causing the injuries suffered by the railroad employees.

Last year, Francis handled more than 20 lung-injury lawsuits against railroad companies in the Metro-East area.

The plaintiffs seek compensation for their pain and suffering including the loss of their health, strength, and vitality. They also want to recover medical expenses, treatment costs, and a possible cure.

Asbestos, a natural fibrous mineral, is found in more than 3,000 products used worldwide, including electric insulation, fireproofing, building materials, household appliances, break linings, and more.

Asbestos has been associated with serious acute and chronic health complications such as lung cancer. When asbestos is inhaled or ingested, the fibers attach themselves to the lining of the lungs, stomach, or other organs and may cause serious illness and death.

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