Sheridan Man, 61, Wins Lawsuit Against Railroad

Business & Farm, Arkansas Online

A Sheridan man won a $1.2 million verdict against Union Pacific Railroad in St. Louis, according to a statement by St. Louis law firm Schlichter Bogard & Denton.

James Cox, 61, who worked 35 years as a switchman for Union Pacific, was injured on March 24, 2002, when a railroad track switch in Pine Bluff malfunctioned, the statement said. He suffered a back injury which required a spine fusion and resulted in permanent work disability, the statement said.

Cox argued in his lawsuit that the railroad neglected to inspect and maintain the track switch in a safe condition and that it had reduced maintenance crews after a merger with Southern Pacific Railroad.

John Bromley, A Union Pacific spokesman, said Tuesday, "Our investigation showed that there was nothing wrong with the switch in question."

Bromley said it is "highly likely" that Union Pacific will appeal. The trial concluded on Friday.