Louis Shepherd, in addition to being a lifelong conductor on the CSX railroad, is one big Winston Cup fan. That’s why after a successful settlement of his case, Mr. Shepherd of Louisville, Kentucky, hand-painted a custom HF Winston Cup race car as a gift to our firm.
We thought this gift was special enough to share with other railroaders -- not only because we happen to be big fans of stock car racing ourselves – but because Mr. Shepherd’s case is a good example of how Hoey & Farina – acting like a NASCAR pit crew – can ably assist in bringing about rock solid results.
Mr. Shepherd was injured on a defective handbrake. After a proper medical evaluation, the work injury was determined to be so severe to amount to a career-ender. In the run up to the trial, we hired a liability expert to establish what Mr. Shepherd already knew full well: the defective handbrake was a clear violation of the Safety Appliance Act.
However, the railroad pushed the case into overdrive when they refused to reach an appropriate settlement offer – a move designed to test the resolve of Mr. Shepherd as well as Hoey & Farina.
But like a driver slowly working his way from the back of the pack and taking the advice of his pit crew at each juncture, Mr. Shepherd refused to settle for less than he thought sufficient. We pushed forward through all the pre-trial motions and even selected a jury when -- the day before opening statements -- the defendant railroad finally reached the appropriate offer level.
The settlement was first and foremost a victory for Mr. Shepherd, who said he received just compensation for his career ending injury. But we also consider it a victory for Hoey & Farina, which by chalking up another win in the “Kentucky circuit” rededicated our efforts to better serve Kentucky railroaders.
This is why we appreciate Mr. Shepherd’s Hoey & Farina Winston Cup race car so much. We think it shows how just like a well-honed pit crew is a critical part of a successful NASCAR season, having the advice of experienced FELA lawyers if you get injured at work on the railroad is critical to a successful outcome of your case.
Mr. Shepherd’s case is only one of the more recent examples that demonstrate why Hoey & Farina is in the pole position to help railroaders’ successfully bring their cases to the top slot at the checkered flag.