Member and Co-Chair of the Transportation Group T.H. Lyda and Member obtained a favorable verdict for two major railroad clients in a week-long jury trial in the Court of Common Pleas of Philadelphia County. The claim, brought under the Federal Employers Liability Act (FELA), involved a carman railroad worker from Niagra Falls, NY. The worker claimed that our clients’ negligence was the cause of his osteoarthritis of the hips, knees and lumbar spine which led to bilateral knee replacements and a left hip replacement surgery, as well as a significant six figure wage loss. The jury found the plaintiff to be 60% at fault, and awarded him modest damages that were far less than his boarded economic loss and a third less of his final demand.
This verdict marks the fifth straight favorable verdict that the Transportation Group has obtained for railroad clients in the last 14 months.
Note: The results obtained in a particular case are heavily dependent on the facts and the law specific to that case.