Jury Awards $9 Million to Train Worker

EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. (CN) – A federal jury awarded $9 million to a CSX Transportation employee who fell off a tank car. A jury found that Richard Burden suffered $10 million in damages, but found him 10 percent at fault, so it awarded him $9 million.

     Burden fell while getting off the car on Aug. 10, 2007. Burden sued in January 2008 under the Federal Employer’s Liability Act, claiming CSX failed to provide brake sticks, provide a level ballast, remove debris and oversized ballast from his work area, and provide adequate medical assistance.
     Burden says he suffered permanent head and brain injuries, and neck, shoulder, leg and back injuries.
     Burden was represented by John Kujawski with Kujawski & Associates in O’Fallon.

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