A Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway employee was awarded $2 million by a Yellowstone County, Montana jury for an injury he suffered in 2001.
The employee tripped over a radio handset cord in the locomotive and fell down three steps. The man suffered back injuries that required surgery and has left him with chronic pain. Although the man is currently working at the railroad as an engineer, his attorney said he will probably be medically discharged from his job in the future
Prior to the start of the trial, the presiding judge ruled that the railroad could not argue that the employee contributed to his own injury because the railroad had thrown away the handset and cord.
The five-day trial focused on determining the amount to award. The plaintiff did not ask for a particular amount.