Union Pacific worker sues claiming 38 years of chemical exposure

Michelle Keahey May 17, 2011, 4:00am


A railroad worker claims he was exposed to hazardous chemicals for approximately 38 years in a suit filed against Union Pacific Railroad on May 6 in federal court in New Orleans.

In the suit, Terry Quebedeaux claims he was diagnosed with the chemical-related disease sarcoidosis.

According to the complaint, Quebedeaux was hired by the defendant in 1970 and worked in various job positions for the railroad. He states he was required to work in areas in which he was exposed to hazardous and carcinogenic chemicals.

The defendant is accused of negligence for failing to maintain a safe place to work, failing to inspect or monitor levels of hazardous or carcinogenic chemicals, failing to warn of dangers associated with exposure to chemicals, concealing the hazardous nature of the chemical products, failing to provide safe and proper ventilation and allowing unsafe practices.

The plaintiff is seeking damages for physical pain and suffering, mental pain and suffering, disability, loss of enjoyment of life, lost wages, medical expenses, interest and court costs.

Quebedeaux is represented by Carisa German-Oden, Benjamin B. Saunders and Joseph M. Miller of Davis Saunders in Mandeville. A jury trial is requested.

U.S. District Judge Sarah S. Vance is assigned to the case.

Case No. 2:11-cv-01088

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