$1.75 Million Settlement for Engineer in Train Wreck
11/19/2009 10:11 PM
An injured railroad worker recently obtained a $1.75 Million out-of-court settlement for injuries sustained in a derailment. The plaintiff was working for the railroad as an engineer when the engine he was operating derailed and crashed. This incident occurred due to severe storms and flash flooding in the area which caused the track structure to wash out and become unstable. The engineer, age 56 at the time of the incident, sustained injuries to his hip, leg and back. He was forced to undergo multiple surgeries due to his injuries.
The worker was represented by Eric Holland and Steve Stolze of Holland, Groves, Schneller & Stolze. Holland and Stolze contended that the incident occurred due to the railroad’s failure to properly maintain and inspect their track, as well as the railroad’s violation of FRA rules by failing to inspect this track before the accident. The defendant railroad disputed liability and claimed that the incident was unforeseeable due to the weather conditions in the area. Weather records clearly demonstrated severe rain storms and flash flooding in the area.
The $1.75 Million settlement was reached prior to trial and concluded after a year and a half of litigation against the defendant railroad without further delay or appeal.
For additional information or actual legal advice, please contact the law firm of Holland, Groves, Schneller & Stolze, LLC, 1-877-ALL-FELA.