NEW ORLEANS – A Shreveport widow alleges her late husband suffered from cancer because of the unsafe work environment of his former employer.

Sharon McDonald, individually and as the personal representative of the estate of Johnnie McDonald, deceased, filed a complaint on Oct. 31 in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana against The Kansas City Southern Railway Co. alleging that the common carrier failed to comply with the Federal Employers' Liability Act.

According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that during decedent Johnnie McDonald's employment with defendant from 1970 to 2005, he was exposed to various toxic substances and carcinogens, which caused the development of his lung and colon cancers.

The plaintiff holds The Kansas City Southern Railway Co. responsible because the defendant allegedly negligently utilized known cancer-causing materials in its operation and failed to exercise ordinary care and caution to provide decedent with a reasonably safe place to work.

The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks judgment against defendant in a sum of more than $150,000, plus costs of the action. She is represented by James P. Lambert in Lafayette.

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana Case number 2:16-cv-15975

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