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Distracted Driving Deaths an Increasing Problem in America

Over the past few years, the dangers of distracted driving have become more well-known. According to a University of Nebraska Medical Center study, the national number of pedestrians being killed as a result of distracted driving has suffered an almost […]

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Is the School Bus Safe for My Child?

As parents, we want our children to be as safe as possible when we send them off to school.  Twenty years ago, we could assume our children were safe not only getting to school but in school.  Unfortunately, there are […]

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Appeals Court Grants Plaintiff Day in Court

The Nebraska Court of Appeals has granted the mother of a deceased 15-year old a chance to present her case to a jury, reversing the dismissal of a lower Court.  The case stems from a crossing accident in which the […]

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Nebraska Supreme Court Decision Offers Plaintiff Day in Court

In a case decided last week, the Nebraska Supreme Court paved the way for a wrongful death case against Union Pacific Railroad to move forward. The case stems from the death of 13-year-old Efrain…

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FELA Verdict in Nebraska

A Nebraska railroad worker won a nearly $2.8 million verdict against the Union Pacific Railroad for a workplace injury that went to trial last week at U.S. District Court in Omaha. Kendall Walsh lost the use of his right arm after it was crushed by a concrete railroad tie that fell off a pile at an Iowa railroad crossing two years ago. A jury sided with Walsh on Friday but found him partially…

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FELA Verdict

A Douglas County Nebraska jury this week ordered Union Pacific Railroad Company to pay $942,000 to a conductor for the knee injuries he suffered after falling on ice in a parking lot of a hotel where Union Pacific had paid for him to stay. For more information on this subject, please refer to our section on Workplace Injuries and Discrimination.

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Kentucky FELA Verdict(2)

An Indiana man was awarded $8.4 million in damages after he was run over by three train cars and lost his left leg as a railroad worker in October 2004. The verdict was $9.3 million Tuesday against his former employer, Louisville & Indiana Railroad Co., for which the jury found the railroad 90 percent responsible.

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FELA Cumulative Trauma Verdict

A verdict in Beaumont Texas was reported for a cumulative trauma spine injury against the Burlington Northern Santa Fe railroad.

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US Supreme Court Follow Up

The United States Supreme Court has ruled in NORFOLK SOUTHERN RAILWAY CO. V. SORRELL that the causation standard: “in whole or in part, no matter how small” is the same for the negligence claim brought by the plaintiff and the contributory negligence defense brought by the defendant.

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Welcome to Jim Quilty

We welcome Jim Quilty, newly retired International Vice President of TCU, to the firm as a field representative. IVP Jim Quilty retired at the end of July 2006 after 39 years of union leadership. Jim began his rail career on the Union Pacific Railroad in 1969 in Kansas City where he was a member of Lodge 1489. Jim was General Chairman of System Board 106 from 1992 until elected to assume his…