$5.445M net jury verdict against Union Pacific Rail Road for injured an railroad worker brought under FELA.

Verdict by jury:
$5,445,000

$5.445M Net Jury Verdict against Union Pacific Rail Road for injured an railroad worker brought under FELA. 37 year-old diesel mechanic was attempting to loosen a fitting on a fuel pre-heater with a pipe wrench while standing in leaking diesel fuel when the fighting broke free causing him to twist and sustain an inguinal hernia along with a lumbar disk injury. Plaintiff returned to work in a modified duty, but before having back surgery was unfortunately in a serious car accident which fractured his right ankle. We obtained a $2.95M settlement for this man for his ankle injury. Once he healed from the ankle fracture he returned to a spine surgeon and underwent a two-level lumbar fusion surgery on his back. Union Pacific offered $50K during the start of the trial. The jury awarded the entire $9M we requested of them and reduced it by 39.5% contributory negligence on the part of the mechanic, resulting in the Net Verdict of $5.445M or more than 100x the settlement offer at trial.