Paragould, Arkansas resident Nathan Musgraves, an employee of Union Pacific, filed a Federal Employers’ Liability Act suit in the Circuit Court of St. Clair County, Illinois alleging he sustained personal injuries after being hit in the back by a door.

Musgraves says he was working as a tie plug operator for Union Pacific’s Maintenance of Way Engineering Department and had transferred to the railroad’s facility in Dupo, Illinois when the incident took place on December 23 of last year.

According to the complaint filed on July 23, Musgraves’ duties involved him entering the yard, shop, or facility and use an 18 wheeler box trailer to retrieve a switch heater. While he was entering the box, the wind caught the door and slammed into his back.

Musgraves alleges that he sustained permanent disfigurement and disability due to his injuries. He also alleges that a pre-existing condition was aggravated by the incident and required surgical treatment.

The suit alleges negligence on the part of the railroad for its failure to provide a latch to secure the trailer door. Musgraves seeks damages in excess of $100,000.

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