Train worker sues UP over back injury

Michelle Massey, East Texas Bureau Jul. 12, 2010, 6:00am

A worker for the Union Pacific Railroad Co. claims he sustained injuries to his back after he attempted to repair one of the company's locomotives.

Amado Ibarra filed a lawsuit June 26 in Jefferson County District Court against the railroad.

Ibarra claims he was attempting to replace a defective air hose on a locomotive owned by Union Pacific on Oct. 15. The action, however, caused Ibarra to twist and injure his back, according to the complaint.

In addition to his back injuries, Ibarra experienced great physical and mental pain, anguish and suffering; lost wages and benefits; incurred medical costs; and suffered from physical impairment, the suit states.

Ibarra alleges Union Pacific violated the Federal Locomotive Safety Statute and the Federal Railroad Administration Regulation by failing to keep the railroad free of conditions that could endanger employees.

In his complaint, Ibarra seeks a judgment within the jurisdictional limits of Jefferson County District Court, plus post-judgment interest, costs and other relief the court deems just.

Clint E. McGuire of The Law Firm of Alton C. Todd in Friendswood will be representing him.

The case has been assigned to Judge Milton Shuffield, 136th District Court.

Jefferson County District Court case number: D187-157.

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