Hampton, Bazzy Obtain Defense Verdict for Railroad Defendant
Attorneys Dan Hampton and Nicole Bazzy obtained a defense verdict in the Court of Common Pleas of Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, on behalf of a Railroad Defendant.
Plaintiff alleged that he developed bilateral carpal tunnel syndrome due to his work as a railroad conductor. He alleged that his injuries developed due to exposure to cumulative trauma as a result of operating switches, setting/ releasing handbrakes, and otherwise performing the job duties of a conductor.
The trial took place from November 12 through November 15, 2019, and Plaintiff claimed damages under the Federal Employers’ Liability Act (FELA), including damages related to the two surgeries that he underwent, as a result of his condition. In addition to Plaintiff’s own testimony, Plaintiff’s counsel presented the testimony of a doctor of rehabilitative medicine and an industrial hygienist; experts in the areas of medical causation and ergonomics testified on behalf of Defendant. The jury found that Plaintiff’s workplace was reasonably safe, and returned a verdict in favor of the Railroad Defendant.