Union Pacific Railroad employee alleges switch caused back injury

By Angelica Saylo Pilo | May 16, 2018

HOUSTON – A railroad worker alleges he was injured while throwing a switch and alleges his employer's negligence is to blame.

Deron Rutledge filed a complaint on May 9 in the Harris County District Court against Union Pacific Railroad Co. citing Federal Railroad Administration Regulations, the Federal Employers' Liability Act and negligence.

According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that on July 30, 2017, he was in the course and scope of his employment with defendant when he was injured while throwing a railroad switch. He alleges he suffered injuries to his back, leg and other parts of his body. 

The plaintiff holds Union Pacific Railroad Co. responsible because the defendant allegedly failed to properly maintain the railroad switches and failed to repair the same.

The plaintiff seeks monetary relief of more than $1 million and all further relief that is legal and equitable. He is represented by Clint E. McGuire of Martinez & McGuire PLLC in Houston.

Harris County District Court case number 2018-31384

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