Federal Employer’s Liability Act (FELA) Case Results

Dexter Grandison vs. Norfolk Southern Railway (Circuit Court of Clarke County, Alabama)

  • $6 Million Verdict

While working as a train conductor for Norfolk, Dexter Grandison severely injured his back when a tractor-trailer rig attempted to cross the tracks and a collision occurred with the train being occupied by Dexter. The incident occurred in Clarke County, Alabama on Feb. 14, 2005. Although warning signs existed at the crossing, the crossing did not possess active warning signals such as gates, flashing signals, warning lights or a stop sign. Also, the operator of the tractor-trailer rig contended that rail cars parked on an adjacent track obscured his vision and as such, he could not see the approaching train. As a result of the incident, Dexter Grandison underwent surgery to repair his back problems. Unfortunately, he did not make a satisfactory recovery and was unable to work. Attorney Chris Cochran filed a lawsuit on behalf of Dexter and against Norfolk for allowing rail cars to be parked on an adjacent line and for further failing to have adequate warning devices in place.

On April 17, 2009, a Clarke County jury returned a verdict in favor of Dexter Grandison and awarded him $6 million.

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