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Injured Railroad Worker Files Lawsuit Against Cal-Train

March 4, 2013, 3:03 pm

February 25, 2013 – Oakland, CA – A railroad worker has filed a lawsuit against Cal-Train, Transit America Services, Inc. and Union Pacific Railroad Co. after being injured while working on a stretch of rail in San Mateo County, CA, owned by Cal-Train.  The lawsuit, filed under the Federal Employers' Liability Act (FELA), alleges that Cal-Train was negligent in maintaining and repairing of the track; failed to provide proper equipment, failed to provide safe workplace and failed to provide adequate supervision.

On November 8, 2012, Jose Salazar, 52, a railroad worker and member of the BMWED, was working on a stretch of rail, while his co-workers were moving a 39 foot piece of rail that weighed close to 2000 pounds. His co-workers lost control of the piece of rail, which swung and hit Mr. Salazar in the back, causing him to fall against his truck.  The piece of rail ultimately landed on him and pinned him to the ground. He was transported to San Francisco General Hospital where he stayed for one month in a coma. He suffered multiple injuries including broken ribs, broken back, fractured skull and punctured lungs.

Mr. Salazar has a 4 year old son with his wife Aura Paredes.

Salazar is represented by Paula Rasmussen of Brent Coon & Associates.  The lawsuit was filed in San Mateo Superior Court

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