Most people go to work with the idea that they will be 100 percent safe at all times. However, some careers are more dangerous than others. As a result, accidents and injuries do occur from time to time.
Many of our Maryland readers keep close tabs on the news out of Virginia, such as the story of a former Norfolk Southern locomotive engineer who was hurt on the job and received $2.4 million as a result.
After a four-day trial, the jury awarded the 52-year-old man $2.4 million for an accident that occurred on May 1, 2011.
According to the complaint, the man, who had worked for the railroad for more than 20 years, was seriously and permanently injured when he tripped over debris. While working the nightshift, the man tripped over a joint bar, landing on a switch stand. This led to a broken bake, fractured vertebrae, and a torn disc. Despite the fact that the man is able to walk, he is still faced with a lot of pain as well as the inability to stay in one position for an extended period of time.
Although the initial lawsuit requested $4 million, the man still walked away with $2.4 million for his injuries. This story is a good reminder that anybody can be hurt at work, even somebody who has been doing the same job for an extended period of time.
If hurt on the job, regardless of the circumstances, it is often necessary to consult with a personal injury attorney to ensure that your rights are protected.
Source: The Roanoke Times, “Jury awards $2.4 million to former Norfolk Southern engineer injured on job” Neil Harvey, Feb. 28, 2014