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Confidential Settlement for Conductor who Suffered Back Injury

Court/Date: U.S. District Court, SC

Staff: Randall E. Appleton, attorney, Becky Wyatt, legal assistant, Herbert Wooten, investigator

What Happened
: Our client, a railroad conductor with over 20 years of experience, fell as he was exiting a locomotive engine at night due to a burned out step light. Our client suffered a spinal/back injury which resulted in surgery and his occupational disability from his job.


Key Legal Strategy: Counsel reviewed the applicable federal safety statutes and confirmed the non-functioning step light was a violation of the Federal Locomotive Inspection Act and initiated a claim on behalf of the client. The case proceeded through litigation and the case was settled on the first day of trial for a confidential sum

Determining which federal railroad safety regulations applied, and proving to the railroad that it was violated, were key to obtaining the major settlement for our brakeman/conductor client.

RESULTS: Major Settlement/confidential terms.

Confidential Sum

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