After a seven day trial conducted by McEldrew Young Purtell Merritt attorneys Jim McEldrew and Dan Purtell, our client has been awarded a verdict of $1.836 million by a Philadelphia jury for a spinal injury.
Our client was an employee of SEPTA when he fell on black ice because a SEPTA sub-contractor failed to properly remove the snow and ice. Due to his injury, our client required spinal surgery and is unable to return to work.
The lawsuit was initially filed under the Federal Employers’ Liability Act (FELA) against SEPTA. The FELA is an alternate form of workers’ compensation used by railroad employees instead of the state mandated system. It involves litigation in the judicial system rather than the administrative law system of the Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Court.
After the initial complaint, the case increased in complexity when the contractor and subcontractor were brought in to the lawsuit. Nevertheless, our client prevailed with the jury.
Congratulations are in order for Jim, Dan, the rest of our team and most of all – our client!