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Anesi Ozmon partner Scott C. Sands recently obtained a $2.3 million verdict for an injured railroad worker under the Federal Employer’s Liability Act (FELA)

Scott C. Sands

FELA is a United States federal law enacted in 1908 to protect and compensate railroad workers who are injured on the job where the employee can prove that the Railroad was at least partly negligent in causing the injury or where a defect in the railroad’s locomotives or cars contributed to cause the injury. The benefits and damages a railroad employee can be entitled to include compensation for past and future lost wages, past and future medical expenses, pain and suffering, disability and disfigurement.

In the above-mentioned case, Plaintiff, age 58, was a train engineer employed by the Indiana Harbor Belt Railroad, and was seated in his stationary locomotive on the date of the incident. He was waiting for a caboose to be coupled onto his engine when another 143-ton locomotive with a 25-ton caboose unexpectedly rear-ended his 124-ton locomotive. The impact speed was 7 mph and pushed plaintiff’s locomotive, which had its brakes fully applied, 6.3 feet. Plaintiff suffered a herniated disc at L 1-2 with nerve root compression, a torn rotator cuff in his right shoulder requiring surgery, and aggravation of preexisting degenerative conditions in his lumbar and cervical spine. His injuries...

Michael L. Teich and Patrick J. Blum Obtain $2.5 Million Settlement in Medical Malpractice Case

-Defendants to pay plaintiff for injuries resulting in open heart surgery to replace two valves -

Partner Michael L. Teich and Associate Patrick J. Blum secured a $2.5 million settlement in a medical malpractice case on behalf of a 50-year old woman from Lake County, IL. Two defendants agreed to pay $2.5 million on January 9, 2020, after mediation before the Honorable Judge Hollis Webster.

The plaintiff filed suit against her primary care physician and the physician’s employer for severe and permanent injuries resulting from an infection that went undiagnosed. The plaintiff visited her doctor in February 2016 because she wasn’t feeling well. She returned in March and continued to feel sick over the next several months, returning multiple times to her doctor who told her it was a virus and would resolve on its own. In June 2016, the plaintiff went to the emergency room where a blood culture revealed that she had been suffering from a streptococcus bovis (strep bovis) infection and an advanced case of endocarditis caused by the strep bovis infection. Strep bovis infection, when left unchecked, is known to attack the valves of the heart, and in...

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