Tom Gaither

Tom Gaither

Tom Gaither

O'Fallon, Illinois
800-624-4571 (Toll Free)
618-622-3600 (Local)

Tom Gaither is a former Trainman and Engineer on Southern Pacific and Union Pacific Railroad. Tom assisted members of the United Transportation Union and Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers while holding various union positions with both organizations.

Tom's railroad career consisted of running over multiple territories including St. Louis to Chicago on the former GM&O Railroad; Kansas City to Chicago over the BNSF; and across the EJ&E, IHB, and BRC Railroads. Tom suffered a career ending back injury in 2000 while working as a Locomotive Engineer on Union Pacific Railroad.

Tom is a second generation Railroader. Tom's Dad (Spike) hired out on the GM&O RR in 1966 in Bloomington, Illinois and suffered career-ending injuries in Ridgley Yard, Springfield, Illinois. During a switching operation, Spike was run over and suffered  below-the-knee amputations to both legs, a crushed right shoulder, and amputations of several fingers on his left hand. Tom was 10 when this happened.

Tom joined the staff of Kujawski Marcus, LLC in 2004. His knowledge of Railroad Operating and Safety Rules, Code of Federal Regulations, and FRSA-Whistleblower statute has made Tom a valuable asset. Tom's experiences growing up with his dad as a double amputee gives him valuable insight to the immediate and long-term effects a catastrophic injury can have on a railroader’s family, finances, and future. 

Tom is actively involved with clients immediately after a an injury and continues to work with clients on a daily basis throughout their healing process.  He also has extensive experience in accident site inspections, equipment inspections, and home modification for clients with devastating and life-changing injuries.   
Tom served 4 years in the United States Marine Corps.  He extends his service to the community by working with the HOOAH (“Healing Outside of a Hospital”) Deer Hunt for Heroes program. The HOOAH Deer Hunt for Heroes, a program started at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, takes injured soldiers hunting and fishing to help them cope with their physical and mental injuries suffered in combat.  Tom currently serves on the Board of Directors for HOOAH, which  was started to give back to our soldiers who have given so much.   You can learn more about HOOAH at  Below is a video of an interview Tom recently gave regarding the work of HOOAH:

Tom spends his spare time serving his community volunteering with the Gateway Area Multiple Sclerosis Society. M.S. activities include organizing fundraising events, and assisting his wife with the Mount Vernon, Illinois M.S. Walk.  He enjoys spending time with his wife Denise, and his sons Derrick and Josh.  In his leisure time he likes to bow hunt and fish.