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Worker's Family Can't Hold Railway Liable Under FELA for Fatal Heart Attack

Monday, August 28, 2023 | 0

A Texas appellate court ruled that a railway was entitled to summary judgment dismissing the negligence claims by the family of a worker who suffered a fatal heart attack while on duty. Juan Espinoza worked for Kansas City Southern Railway Co. as a conductor. He was part of a crew with Manuel Chaires and Juan Hinojosa. On Sept. 20, 2017, Espinoza told his co-workers he was not feeling well as their shift started. He complained of heartburn symptoms, and Javier Herrera, the KCSR trainmaster, gave Espinoza a dose of Nexium. About 10 hours into their shift, Espinoza collapsed. Chaires t...

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