Verdicts and Settlements
We prepare our cases for trial. Because of this, most of our cases are resolved out of court. Due to the dollar amounts involved, the defendants have conditioned many of these settlements on confidentiality.
A note on settlements
Although we would prefer that the settlement amounts be matters of public record, we also recognize that our clients have the absolute right to accept confidentiality in exchange for the financial security that comes with a fair settlement. Because of these agreements, we cannot publish the recoveries obtained by most of the clients represented by Reddy Law.
*PLEASE NOTE, PRIOR RESULTS DO NOT GUARANTEE A SIMILAR OUTCOME OR FUTURE SUCCESS
Verdicts and Settlements
Brian's client suffered a soft tissue injury to his shoulder known as a rotator cuff tear. He was injured while removing what's known as an end-of-train device from a stationary railroad car. The end of the train device fell from its cradle unexpectedly, and yanked the man's arm, tearing his rotator cuff. The railroader underwent multiple surgeries to repair the tear. However, the surgeries were unsuccessful, and he could not return to the type of manual labor he was used to.
After a two-week vigorously contested trial, the jury awarded Brian's client a $4.7 million verdict in damages for loss of earnings and pain and suffering.
A conductor injured his back after stepping on a large piece of coke in the rail yard at night. The jury awarded the Plaintiff a verdict of $2.5 million.
Brian represented a motorcyclist who suffered a back injury when another driver started to turn left in front of him. Although the Defendants denied responsibility and claimed that the motorcyclist was at fault, a $1.3 million settlement was reached prior to trial.
Brian represented a man who broke his leg when a scaffold piece broke. The Defendant denied any responsibility. After a week-long trial a Lorain County, Ohio, the jury awarded the injured man a $903,000 verdict. This was the second time a jury awarded Brian's client the exact amount Brian suggested to the jury.
A car department worker injured after lifting an End of Train device (EOT). The jury awarded the Plaintiff a verdict of $1.3 million.
Brian represented a young mother who was attacked by a dog while waiting to meet her children at the school bus stop. She suffered a puncture wound in her wrist and developed a nerve entrapment requiring arthroscopic surgery. A large confidential six-figure settlement was reached prior to trial.
In an unusual case Brian represented a man who was being transported by a limo service during bad winter weather in upstate New York. The driver missed his exit on the New York state Thruway. When he realized this he started to reverse on the thruway to get back to the exit. Brian's client saw a large truck approaching the car and decided that rather than await a collision, he would jump out of the limo. He did this and sustained a broken nose and 4 broken teeth. No collision occurred.
The client was unable to work for approximately 2 weeks due to his injuries. The limo insurance company's lawyers argued that it was the client's fault because he should have just sat tight and since ultimately no collision occurred he would have been fine. Brian argued that you cannot Monday morning quarterback the decision and must look at it at the time when the decision was made, when the collision looked like it was going to happen. The jury agreed and awarded Brian's client the exact amount he suggested the jury should award - $375,000. The jury also awarded the passenger's wife $50,000, giving a total jury award of a $425,000.00 verdict.
A conductor was injured stepping off a locomotive at night, as a result of poor lighting and unsafe ground conditions. Jury verdict for Plaintiff - $895,000.00. This verdict was reduced by 15% based on the railroad's affirmative defenses.
A locomotive engineer was injured when he jumped from a van stopped on the highway in a snowstorm. He feared that the van would be hit by an oncoming tractor trailer - (fortunately this didn't happen). He suffered a broken nose and four broken teeth. The railroad denied responsibility. The engineer incurred approximately $13,300 in lost earnings and $8,500 in medical bills. Jury verdict for Plaintiff - $413,000.00. $50,000 of this verdict was for his wife's loss of consortium.
Confidential Settlement for an Injured Railroad Electrician
A Pennsylvania railroad electrician was injured when he was forced to jump from a locomotive that was about to collide with an oncoming train. During the trial, he accepted a large confidential settlement.
Conductor Wins Whistleblower Case and Gets His Job Back
The trial court and two separate appeal courts ruled in favor of a Michigan conductor who made safety complaints and was subsequently fired for supposedly threatening a trainmaster. The railroad was ordered to put him back to work and pay his lost earnings. Read the decision from the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals here.
NS Engineer’s Discipline Overturned
A Kentucky locomotive engineer won a whistleblower case against Norfolk Southern Railway Company after they disciplined him for refusing to give a statement when Hours of Service was about to expire.
Record FELA Verdict Affirmed
A New York appeals court refuses to overturn a large $4.7 million verdict in favor of a CSX railroad conductor who suffered a torn rotator cuff. Read the decision here.
Diesel Exhaust Judgment
A Conrail engineer won a summary judgment in a case against the railroad in a case after he was exposed to diesel exhaust. The engineer accepted a confidential settlement from the railroad. Brink v. Consolidated Rail Corp., Erie County, New York.
Lyme Disease Ruling
A New York appeals court says the trial court was right not to dismiss the case brought by a railroad conductor who contracted Lyme disease while at work. Read the decision here.
Broken Locamotive Seat
A locomotive engineer was injured when a seat on the engine broke. Summary judgment was awarded in favor of the engineer. The case was successfully resolved by confidential settlement.
Undesired Brake Application
A railroad conductor was injured when her train had an undesired emergency brake application. This case was successfully resolved by confidential settlement.
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
A locomotive engineer suffered post-traumatic stress disorder following a collision with a tractor-trailer stuck on a humped railroad crossing. This case was successfully resolved by confidential settlement.
Slip on Ice
A locomotive engineer was injured stepping out of a van in an icy rail yard parking lot. This was successfully resolved by confidential settlement.
A locomotive engineer was diagnosed with mesothelioma due to asbestos exposure on the job. The case was successfully resolved by a confidential settlement.