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Railroad worker disabled by work duties sues employer

Every day across the country and in states like North Carolina, millions of hard-working men and women go to work. For some, their work day consists of sitting at a desk and typing on a computer. For others, a day at work includes more strenuous physical activities and manual labor. Regardless of work environment and duties, workplace injuries can result.

One man, who worked as signal maintainer for the railroad, recently filed a lawsuit against his former employer related to painful and debilitating injuries he sustained while performing work-related duties. In the lawsuit the man describes how his work duties and employer's failure to provide for a safe work environment directly contributed to him suffering painful and permanent injuries to his back, legs and hips.

The man asserts he was regularly required to navigate uneven terrain and lift heavy debris without assistance or proper mechanisms. As a direct result of the work duties and unsafe work conditions, the man suffered numerous and painful injuries for which he sought medical treatment including surgery, epidural injections and physical therapy.

In the lawsuit, the man asserts his employer was negligent in causing his injuries by failing to provide for a safe work environment. Additionally, the defendant is accused of failing to safety and properly maintain portions of the railroad where the man was required to traverse as well as provide adequate help. The man is seeking to recover compensation in an amount in excess of $50,000 related to medical expenses and lost wages.

Source: The Madison County Record, "BNSF sued over worker's low back injuries," Kelly Holleran, May 29, 2013

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