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Jury award Norfolk Southern Employee $1.5 million Dollars Due to Occupational Injury

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A jury in Tennessee (TN) awarded Joe Allen, a conductor for Norfolk Southern $1.5 million dollars after Allen filed a lawsuit stating he injured his Coccyx and re-aggravated a low-back injury when a folding chair at work collapsed while he was sitting in it.

Norfolk Southern is a prominent railroad company based in Norfolk, Virginia (VA). They contested the suit by arguing Allen’s injured Coccyx healed in three months and any long-term pain and suffering were associated with his pre-existing back injury. Though, the most astounding proclamation Norfolk Southern made was they were not liable because they are not an “insurer of plaintiff’s safety.”

I wholeheartedly disagree. Working on-and-around railroads can be dangerous with a high risk of occupational injury. The company is most definitely responsible for providing safe working conditions. Norfolk Southern’s argument is also counter to what they state explicitly on their web site: “We put safety first by taking care of the people around us and following the rules.”

Our law firm, where all we handle is injury law, has represented clients hurt in incidences involving Norfolk Southern, so we’re familiar with the company’s strategy in cases of this nature.

Fortunately, the jury saw through Norfolk Southern’s argument and awarded Joe proper compensation for long-term rehabilitation and suffering.

About the Editors: Shapiro, Cooper Lewis & Appleton personal injury law firm is based in Virginia (VA), near the NE North Carolina (NC) border and handles car,truck,railroad, and medical negligence cases and more. Our lawyers proudly edit the Virginia Beach Injuryboard, Norfolk Injuryboard, and Northeast North Carolina Injuryboard as a pro bono public information service. Lawyers licensed in: VA, NC, SC, WV, DC, KY.