$11.1 Million for a man who sustained a spinal injury in a van collision with a semi-trailer. Jacob Eitel sued his employer Wisconsin Central Ltd. and transportation company Renzenberger Inc. alleging the van driver fell asleep on the Kennedy Expressway while transporting railroad employees and crashed into a trailer in May 2014.
On April 30, 2014, Eitel, a locomotive engineer working for Wisconsin Central, was operating a train headed to Wisconsin from Gary, Ind., when he had to stop short of the destination in Illinois because his shift was over. A Renzenberger driver then picked him and the train conductor up, then drove back toward Gary. While on the Kennedy in “stop and go” traffic, the driver fell asleep at the wheel and rear-ended the trailer.
Eitel was represented by John Power, George Brugess and Hadas Benhamou of Cogan & Power P.C.
(Read the comprehensive article in the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin)