The Jury Verdict Reporter awarded George T. Brugess and John M. Power of Cogan & Power PC a 2016 Trial Lawyer Excellence award for having the highest reported Illinois verdict for a heel injury. The $22.47 million verdict was handed down in the case of a 51st Street railroad yard conductor whose heal was torn off when two railroad cars collided on what was supposed to be parallel tracks.
The plaintiff, a locomotive conductor, brought suit under the federal Employers’ Liability Act (FELA) against his employer, defendant, Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway Company, to recover damages for an injury he allegedly suffered at work when he attempted to step up onto the bottom step of a locomotive and pull himself up and his knee gave out. Both sides filed motions for summary judgment. After a hearing, the trial court granted defendant’s motion for summary judgment and denied the plaintiff’s. The plaintiff appealed and in the appellate court proceedings Cogan & Power attorneys convinced the appellate court to reverse the judgment of the circuit court of Knox County and remand the case to the trial court for further proceedings.
The 7th Annual JVR Awards for Trial Lawyer Excellence, hosted by the Jury Verdict Reporter, took place on October 19th at the Chicago Cultural Center in downtown Chicago. More than 300 trial attorneys and judges were in attendance for the reception and awards ceremony. The program recognized superior outcomes and record verdicts achieved by individuals and teams of trial lawyers from both the plaintiff and defense bars.
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Plaintiff Michael Parsons was a train conductor working at Norfolk Southern’s rail yard in Chicago, separating out freight cars that needed repairs. He was riding point on the rear car of the train, with his left foot on the steel ladder on the side of the car. During a shove move by the train, the car Michael was on collided with a stationary train on the adjacent track. He suffered traumatic amputation on his left heel and other related injuries. He is now employed as a dispatcher. Allegedly, Norfolk Southern had created a pinch point in the tracks when it had reconstructed rails and switches a few months prior to the accident. The defense contended that Michael was at fault for the incident.
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If you have been injured in a personal injury or medical malpractice accident, do not hesitate to contact the Chicago accident and injury law firm of Cogan & Power at (312) 477-2500 to schedule a free case consultation, so that we can help you begin the process of recovery as soon as possible. If you cannot come to our offices in downtown Chicago, we will come to you. And because we take cases on a contingency basis, you will not pay any fee unless we get you compensation.