Railroad worker hurts shoulder applying handbrake, sues KCS for $1M

David Yates Apr. 15, 2015, 10:30am


Alleging his employer failed to supervise him, Dean Mayfield is seeking up to $1M in damages from Kansas City Southern Railway for injuries he received while attempting to apply a handbrake.

The suit was filed April 10 in Jefferson County District Court.

According to the petition, on March 21 Mayfield was working for KCS on an “unsafe” locomotive. As he attempted to apply a handbrake, Mayfield, who suffered from a pre-existing condition, aggregated and injured his shoulder.

The suit accuses KCS of negligently failing to enforce safe procedures and failing to properly instruct, train and supervise.

Mayfield is suing for his lost earning capacity, mental anguish, impairment, disfigurement and medical expenses.

He seeks monetary relief of an amount between $200,0000 to $1 million.

Pearland attorney Bristol Baxley of Rome, Arata & Baxley represents him.

Judge Donald Floyd, 172nd District Court, is assigned to the case.

Case No. E196-988

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