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Railroad Accident Injury Law Suits May Take Years to Conclude

Patience may be a virtue but for the eight families involved in a lawsuit in a deadly Midland train crash that killed four veterans, it has been a long road.  After two years in litigation, 26 of the 43 plaintiffs have entered into a confidential settlement with Union Pacific Railroad.  For the rest of the families the trial is set to begin on Jan. 26 in the 441st District Court in Midland County, Texas.  As Virginia (VA) railroad injury attorneys we know that railroad corporations such as CSX, Norfolk Southern, Union Pacific and others will drag their feet as long as possible before compensating injured victims. 

For example in a case that involved a former CSX switchman who died of lung cancer it took three years of legal wrangling before the tides of justice turned back in favor of the victim.  In a FELA case against CSX railroad.  Our personal injury firm obtained an 8.6 million dollar verdict from a Knoxville, Tennessee jury in November 2010. However the CSX railroad corporation moved for a mistrial or new trial, despite 11 separate jury verdict findings in favor of the Estate.  Shockingly, the trial judge granted CSX a new trial on all issues. However, weeks before the second trial, a second Knoxville Circuit Court judge completely dismissed the case on a summary judgment motion.

{Click here for a guide that focuses on the unique legal rights available to injured rail workers.}

Whether it was a railroad accident or disease, a derailment, or a railroad crossing accident, our railroad accident lawyers are experienced in handling railroad cases all over the eastern USA.  In fact one of our firm lawyers wrote a leading treatise on railroad health and safety that is now located in most law libraries. 

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