Tennessee FELA lawsuit

November 5, 2005

A Tennessee Railroad worker filed a FELA lawsuit last week against his employer, Canadian National/Illinois Central Railroad for failing to provide adequate equipment and working conditions to prevent employee injury. During Harold Crocker's 26 years of employment with the rail company, he suffered repetitive traumas and strains leading to permanent damage to his arms, hands, and spine.

This FELA case plaintiff is seeking $2 million in compensation for permanent occupational injury, past and future lost wages and benefits, impaired earning capacity, past and future pain and suffering, and past and future medical costs. This injured railroad worker developed carpal tunnel syndrome in his arms and hands, and lumbar radiculitis, lumbar disc syndrome, and other lower back injuries during the course of his railroad employment.

Mr. Crocker worked in the states of Illinois, Tennessee, and Kentucky as a track laborer, flagman, brakeman, locomotive engineer, and yardmaster. During his time as a flagman and brakeman, he claims to have struggled operating switches, derails, drawbars, air hoses, and hand brakes which were either defective or not properly maintained. He was also required to ride equipment for unreasonably long periods of time while exposed to "excessive, severe, and unexpected" shocks and jolts due to defective equipment and hazardous working conditions.

In the FELA lawsuit, Crocker maintains that Canadian National was negligent for failing to provide sufficient help, equipment, breaks, assignments, assistance, and protection against work related injuries.

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