Railway worker claims damages from abrupt locomotive jolt

By Carol Ostrow | Jun 19, 2015

A Texas railroad worker filed a lawsuit against his employer claiming that negligence led to his injuries when he rode on a locomotive that may have derailed in 2015.

Keenan Romar of Jefferson County filed against The Kansas City Southern Railway Company (KCS) in Jefferson County District Court on June 10, alleging liability in the May incident.

According to the suit, the plaintiff was riding or hanging onto a locomotive on or about May 17, which derailed, shook, jolted and/or moved abruptly, leading to shoulder and general bodily injury. Romar states that the incident aggravated a pre-existing condition.

The suit states that the plaintiff’s injury was due at least in part to the defendant’s negligence. The grievance argues that KCS failed to comply with industry standards, follow safe procedures and regulations, provide safe equipment and tools, and properly instruct, train and supervise personnel.

Romar claims loss of wages and earning capacity, pain, suffering and impairment, disfigurement, and medical expenses.

Claiming violation of the Federal Employers’ Liability Act (FELA), the plaintiff seeks over $1 million in compensation, post-judgment interest, attorney’s fees, expenses, and costs.

He is represented by Bristol Baxley of Rome, Arata & Baxley in Pearland.

Jefferson County District Court Case B-197228

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