The Missouri Court of Appeals has affirmed a verdict of $4.4M in Rob Hays v. BNSF Railway Company.
This is the largest FELA verdict in the state of Missouri in the last two years, and the largest verdict ever in St. Francois County.
Mr. Hays, represented by experienced FELA attorney Steven L. Groves, filed suit against BNSF following injury working on a BNSF rail replacement gang.
Mr. Hays performed welding with BNSF’s gang as a contract worker, not directly employed by BNSF. However, when the railroad controls the workplace activities of a contractor it is responsible to provide safe working conditions. The outcome demonstrates that contract employees may be fully covered under FELA (Federal Employers Liability Act). With interest on the verdict the amount owed to Hays is currently over $4,800,000. Hopefully knowing that they will be held accountable for injured contract employees will force railroads to do the right thing and provide a safe workplace.
Read more details about this case Here.
Steven L. Groves is a plaintiff’s attorney successfully handling FELA claims for 25 years. If you or anyone you know has been injured while working for a railroad company, contact Steve for a free consultation to see if you may have a FELA claim.