In December, 2010, Larry Koger, and his family were as financially down as a family could be. Larry had been occupationally disabled as a railroad conductor as a result of a train derailment on July 29, 2007, and had not received a pay check since. His hard fought FELA work injury claim was still winding its way through the courts. Despite their circumstances, however, what the Koger family did have, and will always have, are big hearts. Not having any money to give, they simply gave of themselves. Just before Christmas, Larry and Christina (pictured here with their son, Chase) took time as a family to visit a local school as Mr. & Mrs. Santa Claus – to bring joy to other families and especially to the young children in their community.
However, nine days after Christmas, a wonderful thing happened. The $3,431,026.00 verdict in Larry’s FELA case, tried by Jim Farina of Hoey & Farina, was affirmed by the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. A check from the Norfolk Southern Railroad in that amount, plus interest, has just cleared the bank. The Koger family, truly good and deserving people, will have no more financial worries. Their pockets are now as full as their hearts have always been.