$900,000.00 – FELA settlement for knee injury to conductor
- A 59 year old conductor injured his knee when he stepped in a hole along the switching lead. Railroad claimed that injury was the conductor’s fault and that he was about to retire. Jury believed that conductor would have continued working and awarded lost wages to age 65
$890,000.00 – Jury verdict for railroad conductor hit by drunk driver
- Prior to trial, all blame had been placed on a drunken driver who carried only $25,000.00 in insurance coverage. Realizing that the railroad also contributed to the collision by failing to provide the conductor with proper safety equipment, jury returned a verdict against the railroad under the FELA.
$880,000.00 – Jury verdict for off-duty railroad engineer injured by fireworks
- While waiting to eat dinner at a local bar and restaurant, the bartender presented the off-duty engineer with a large firework that was subsequently lit by an unidentified customer. The firecracker exploded in the engineer’s hand causing partial loss of the thumb. and nerve damage. The offer prior to trial was $40,000.00. The verdict was upheld on appeal and the entire verdict, plus interest, was paid by the insurance carrier for the restaurant.
$875,000.00 – Arbitration award to land surveyor in underinsured motorist claim
- Construction surveyor on his way to work was struck by a motorist with minimal insurance coverage. The claim against the party at fault was settled for the limits of the available insurance. HTAH then pursued an underinsured motorist claim and obtained an award from an independent arbitration panel that resulted in total payments of over one million dollars to the injured passenger.
$230,000.00+ — Wage Loss and Punitive Damage Award Against Canadian National for Illegal Firing of Employee.
- Department of Labor ordered CN to pay $100,000.00 in Whistle blower action to a railroad conductor fired for refusing to perform an unsafe work task plus full back pay of over $90,000.00 and compensatory damages of $45,000.00. A detailed newspaper publication of the case can be found at http://www.thetimesherald.com/story/news/local/2015/08/22/conductor-prevails-suit-cn/32188363/