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Verdicts & Settlements
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A 19 year old railroad conductor sustained massive degloving injuries to his upper thighs and lower abdominal area and fractures to both legs and multiple areas of his pelvis. He underwent amputation surgery to both legs. The railroad violated the federal radio communication rule governing train operations.
Jury awarded Plaintiff $33,000,000.00 under FELA - failed to provide a safe work place.
CRUSH INJURIES / WRONGFUL DEATH
A 28 year old divorced mother of two minor children worked as a laborer for Defendant construction contractor along side a self-propelled, pavement milling machine owned and operated by a sub-contractor. Defendants negligently positioned the machine’s operator in a blind spot and failed to post lookouts for their laborers. Plaintiff was caught by the treads of the milling machine and suffered fatal crush injuries.
A seven figure confidential settlement of the construction / negligence case provided for lifetime financial security for minor children.
CLOSED HEAD INJURY
A 44 year old driver of a car stopped on the shoulder of the road to assist another driver. Defendant Driver, in the course of his employment with Defendant Corporations, negligently failed to maintain control of his motor vehicle when he admittedly “likely fell asleep” then crashed into Plaintiff’s vehicle. Plaintiff suffered severe injuries, including closed head injuries.
Seven figure settlement resulting in substantial, lifetime financial security.
A 27 year old railroad conductor for Defendant railroad was thrown from a railroad car when a remote control device malfunctioned causing the locomotive to go into full service brake application. Plaintiff suffered an aggravation of a previous neck injury and a closed head injury. The case was tried in the United States District Court, the Western District of Kentucky. Plaintiff and co-workers testified the battery in the remote control device had previously been reported for falling out. Plaintiff’s doctors testified that Plaintiff was pain free prior to the date of the accident.
The jury awarded Plaintiff $2,331,000.00 under FELA – failed to provide a safe work place and proper equipment.
WRONGFUL DEATH - MEDICAL MALPRACTICE
A 53 year man went to Defendant hospital for treatment of a lung infection. Defendant performed a spinal tap causing Plaintiff to suffer a seizure and cardiac arrest. Plaintiff suffered catastrophic and permanent brain damage, ultimately resulting in his death one year later. The case was tried in the Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois. Testimony proved that portions of Plaintiff’s charts were both falsified and missing.
Parties in this motor vehicle accident case entered into a confidential. Settled prior to jury verdict for $1,100,000.00.
AMPUTATED FINGERS (VERDICT)
A Mexican national worked on a cutting machine manufactured and sold by Defendant. Due to a negligent design, the machine was built without proper finger guard and emergency stop button. Plaintiff suffered amputating injuries to three of his fingers. The first trial ended in “not guilty” when Plaintiff was unable to return to the U.S. for trial. During second trial, one juror was arrested for soliciting a bribe from Defendant to fix the case.
Jury awarded Plaintiff $1,850,000.00 under products liability.
HERNIATED DISC INJURY (VERDICT)
A 44 year old woman was a passenger on Defendant Railroad’s commuter train. Defendant’s train went through a crossover switch at a high rate of speed and derailed. Plaintiff suffered herniated discs. The case was tried in Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois.
The jury awarded Plaintiff, commuter rail passenger, $430,382.00 – record verdict for artificial disc replacement surgery.
DIPLOPIA (DOUBLE VISION) INJURY
A 57 year old corporate executive driving corporate fleet auto was involved in motor vehicle accident. Plaintiff suffered diplopia (double vision). Corporate insurance carrier refused to pay executive under uninsured motorist policy.
Settlement for Plaintiff of $1,500,000.00 reached covering lost time and disability.
A 29 year old seaman worked for Defendant maritime corporation. Defendant failed to provide Plaintiff with a seaworthy vessel and negligently required Plaintiff to lift a railing when mechanical alternatives should have been available. Plaintiff suffered permanent neck injuries.
Seven figure confidential settlement in maritime law case.
Plaintiffs were part of a Maintenance of Way quality control work group working at Defendant Railroad’s yard. Plaintiffs were run over by a ballast regulator. Two Plaintiffs sustained catastrophic crush injuries. One Plaintiff sustained minor physical and psychological trauma injuries. Plaintiffs’ case was tried in the U.S. District Court for Western Michigan. Hoey & Farina proved that the backup alarm on the ballast regulator malfunctioned, and the ballast regulator operator failed to look in his direction of travel and work at the required “restricted speed.”
Jury awarded Plaintiff 1 $5,232,000.00, Plaintiff 2 $2,011,000.00 and Plaintiff 3 (one day loss time) $20,000.00 under FELA. Monetary damages awarded to Plaintiff 1 was a jury verdict record in Western Michigan.
A locomotive engineer for Defendant railroad was exposed to an unreasonable hazard of personal injury due to locomotive unit vibration. As a result, Plaintiff's spine became severely degenerated and required rods and cages to stabilize it. The FELA case was filed in Louisville, Kentucky. Defendant railroad offered $15,000.00 to settle. Plaintiff and several coworkers testified the Defendant’s locomotives had a harder ride and more vibration than locomotives of other railroads. Plaintiff’s liability expert testified that the manner of construction and lack of maintenance resulted in the excess vibration.
Jury awarded Plaintiff $1,390,000.00 under FELA - cumulative trauma / excessive vibration.
AMPUTATED ARM (VERDICT)
A switchman attempted to open the knuckle of a box car with the “pin-lifter.” When the pin-lifter malfunctioned, he was forced to reach in between cars to open the knuckle manually. At that moment, a car was sent into the track without warning, causing the switchman to be knocked to the ground and resulting in the amputation of his arm.
Jury awarded Plaintiff $4,201,000.00 under FELA - Safety Appliance Act. Verdict upheld on appeal by U.S. Court of Appeals - 7th Circuit.
AMPUTATED LEG (VERDICT)
An engineer dismounted from his locomotive and turned to walk between tracks when a two engine consist operated from the trailing unit suddenly moved without any signal from the conductor. The unit struck the engineer from behind and resulted in the amputation of his leg below the knee.
Jury awarded Plaintiff gross verdict of $3,750,000.00 under FELA - unauthorized train movement.
A railroad heavy work truck, without its four-wheel drive engaged during treacherous weather, struck a company van transporting a 34 year old engineer. The engineer suffered injuries to his cervical spine, shoulder, elbow and knee which required multiple surgeries to repair. The defendant railroad offered $400,000 prior to trial.
Jury awarded Plaintiff $3,979,686 under FELA - failed to provide a safe work place.
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