Schlichter Bogard & Denton Obtains Record $7 Million Settlement in Railroad Injury Case

Schlichter Bogard & Denton has obtained a record $7 million settlement for Kevin King, an injured railroad worker, in what is believed to be the largest settlement ever for a railroad worker in a Missouri railroad injury case. Mr. King, a 29-year old Missouri resident, settled his case against Union Pacific and U.S. Silica several months before it was set to go to trial in St. Louis County Circuit Court.  He was seriously injured on April 14, 2014 while working as a freight railroad conductor. As he was riding on the side of a rail car, his body was crushed as the train he was riding moved alongside a silo at the U.S. Silica facility in Pacific, Missouri. Mr. King sustained extensive internal and external injuries as a result.

The case was brought against Union Pacific under the Federal Employers’ Liability Act. Mr. King asserted that Union Pacific failed to provide reasonably safe working conditions, including adequate training and assistance. Trial was set for January 11, 2016. Mr. King was represented by Jerome J. Schlichter, Nelson G. Wolff, and Andrew D. Schlichter of Schlichter Bogard & Denton.