Union Pacific Found Liable for Injuries

Pine Bluff Commercial, No.30

By Bobbie Crockett
OF THE COMMERCIAL STAFF

A jury has found Union Pacific Railroad liable for injuries a Pine Bluff man sustained on the job.

After a trial in U.S. District Court at Little Rock, a jury assessed damages at $849,810 for Larry Morrison because of cumulative injuries to his hands and arms.

A Union Pacific spokesman had no comment on the verdict.

The jury verdict consisted primarily of future wage loss and future medical expenses.

Morrison has worked for the railroad for more than 30 years as a locomotive engineer and hostler.

The plaintiff's doctors contended that he suffered permanent nerve damage, including carpal tunnel syndrome, from locomotive controls which required repetitive manipulation and awkward postures.

According to Morrison's attorney Nelson G. Wolff of St. Louis, the jury rejected UP's argument that the work did not contribute to cause Morrison's injuries.

The plaintiff's doctors contended that he suffered permanent nerve damage, including carpal tunnel syndrome, from locomotive controls which required repetitive manipulation and awkward postures.

According to Morrison's attorney Nelson G. Wolff of St. Louis, the jury rejected UP's argument that the work did not contribute to cause Morrison's injuries.