BNSF lawsuit by injured railroad engineer results in $808,330 verdict

Posted on May 21, 2009
News reports indicate that a railroad engineer who injured his hip after falling on large ballast rocks while disembarking from a BNSF train has obtained an $808,330 verdict. The jury put 45% responsibility on the injured engineer, meaning the net verdict is $444,582.

The worker filed the case under the Federal Employer's Liability Act (FELA), a law designed to protect injured railroad workers. The railway engineer proved that the ballast rocks used in the crew change area were too big and thus difficult to walk on. The jury agreed.