Railway worker blames employer for injuries

By Wadi Reformado | Jun 12, 2017

WILLIAMSON — A Raleigh County man is suing a railroad, alleging the defendant's negligence led to injuries. 

Matthew John Graham filed a complaint May 23 in Mingo Circuit Court against Norfolk Southern Railway Company alleging failure to provide a reasonably safe working environment.

According to the complaint, on May 14, 2016, Graham suffered painful and permanent injuries to his bakc while performing his duties as a conductor when his train derailed. The plaintiff alleges Norfolk Southern failed to warn him regarding a defective air door on the cars of another train that caused coal to spill on the track.The suit says the spill was not properly cleaned up, leading to the derailment of the Norfolk Southern train where Graham was working.

Graham seeks trial by jury, damages, legal fees, and all other relief the court deems just. He is represented by attorney Bert Ketchum of Greene, Ketchum, Farrell, Bailey & Tweel, LLP in Huntington, and by John D. Steel and John A. Moss of Steel & Moss LLP in Atlanta.

Mingo Circuit Court case number 17-C-95

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