Illinois Court Considers Causation for Plaintiff’s Back Injury

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In Hardlannert v. Illinois Central Railroad Company, No. 1-09 1291 (April 19, 2010) Cook Co., 1st Div., the plaintiff, a railroad conductor, was injured on the job when he attempted to open a train knuckle, which is the device that allows railcars to be coupled. He filed suit under the Federal Employer’s Liability Act (FELA) (45 U.S.C. §51 through 60 (2000)) and the Federal Safety Appliance Act (FSAA) (49 U.S.C. §20301 et seq. (2000)), alleging that the train knuckle was defective and that the defect caused his back injury.

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