PHILADELPHIA – A former train car inspector for Conrail believes the multiple myeloma he contracted was the result of his former employer violating the Federal Employers Liability Act (FELA), by exposing him to toxic substances.
Gerald E. Gundlach of Latham, N.Y. filed suit in the Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas on April 30 versus Penn Central Corporation (a.k.a. American Premier Underwriters, Inc.) c/o CT Corporation Systems in Harrisburg and Consolidated Rail Corporation in Philadelphia.
According to the lawsuit, Gundlach worked for the defendants as a carman and car inspector from 1974 to 1984, in and around Selkirk, N.Y. During that time frame, Gundlach alleges he was exposed “to excessive and harmful amounts of toxic substances, including diesel exhaust, benzene, creosote and/or asbestos.”
Gerald additionally claims that less than three years before this action was filed, he discovered that his “multiple myeloma was caused or contributed to by the negligence of the defendants.”
Gerald claims the defendants violated FELA by negligently failing to provide him a reasonably safe place to work and failing “to minimize or eliminate [his] exposure to diesel exhaust, solvens, creosote and/or asbestos,” among other charges. Due to these allegedly-illegal workplace conditions, Gerald claims he developed multiple myeloma, which will result in reduced life expectancy.
For a lone count of negligence, the plaintiff is seeking damages in excess of $50,000 plus costs and an eight-person jury trial.
The plaintiff is represented by Thomas J. Joyce III of Bern Cappelli, in Conshohocken.
Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas case 180404690
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