A CSX Transportation conductor who suffered personal injuries has been awarded $10 million by a jury in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois.
In the case, Owensboro, Kentucky resident Richard Burden was injured in 2007 while releasing the vertical handbrakes on a tank car at night. While dismounting the car, he fell, suffering a fractured leg, a neck injury requiring surgery at three disc levels, a lower back injury, and a traumatic brain injury.
The suit claimed that since the injury, Burden had been unable to work and had been adjudicated totally unemployable.
The November 10 award was reduced by 10 percent for contributory negligence, meaning Burden received a total of $9 million.
Burden's award on Nov. 10 was reduced by 10 percent for contributory negligence, netting him a total of $9 million.
Burden’s attorney noted that before the trial, CSX offered a settlement of $600,000.