ST. LOUIS – A Florissant man alleges his colon cancer diagnosis is the result of exposure to benzene during his career with a railroad company.
Clifton Raymond filed a complaint on Dec. 12 in the St. Louis 22nd Judicial Circuit Court against Union Pacific Railroad Co. citing the Federal Employers' Liability Act.
According to the complaint, between 1972 and 1985, the plaintiff was employed by defendant and/or its predecessor-in-interest, Missouri Pacific Railroad Co. and was caused to work with or in close proximity to benzene-containing products. As a result of this alleged exposure, the suit states he contracted colon cancer in 2011.
The plaintiff holds Union Pacific Railroad Co. responsible because the defendant allegedly failed to provide adequate garments and/or equipment to protect him against exposure to benzene-containing products and failed to warn him of the dangers of exposure to the same.
The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks damages of no less than $25,000, costs and any further relief as the court deems necessary and proper. He is represented by Christopher W. Dysart and David P. Franklin of The Dysart Law Firm PC in St. Louis.
St. Louis 22nd Judicial Circuit Court case number 1822cc11826