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George T Brugess - $33 million jury verdict- Railroad Switchman Suffers Double Amputation

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George T Brugress obtained $33 million for a railroad switchman who suffered a double leg amputation. It is the highest ever Illinois FELA verdict.

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George T Brugess - $33 million jury verdict- Railroad Switchman Suffers Double Amputation

  1. 1. Ilihtllf George T. Brugess has ‘_ distinguished himself as one of Chicago's top attorneys can centrating in FEL/ litigation. Named a Lead- ing Lawyer in Transportation Litigation, Mr. Burgess has tried cases in jurisdictions across the country, such as Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Wisconsin, Ohio, Oi<lahoma, Wyoining, and Illinois. He has obtained numerous noteworthy iury verdicts, including the highest Illinois FELA verdict of $33 million for a railroad switchman who suffered a double leg amputation; $3.9 million for a railroad conductor involved in a career-ending truck collision; $1.5 million for spinal injuries caused by excessive locomotive vibration; $1.27 million for injuries resulting from the railroads negligent assignment of a coach cleaner; and $1.5 million for a thumb amputa: ion. George has represented both plaintiffs and de- fendants over the course of his career, and served as general attorney for the Chicago & Northwestern Railroad froin 1985 to 1996. In 1996,Mr. Brugess left the railroad in order to dedicate his practice to helping catastrophically in- jured people and their families. George consistently delivers results and, along with his numerous Jury verdicts, he has secured many multimillion dollar settlements on behalf of his clients. in addition to his law practice, George supports Misericordiaworks with the St. Michael's Cub Scouts, and coaches little league baseball. When there is a spare moment, Mr. Brugess can be found out on the links or attending an illini football game. George T. Brugess Hoey 8. Farina 26 | Junv VERDICT REPORTER I-it i’l)F' I ti: . ..continued Jury Verdict Case Details. .. F. E.L. A.——RAIl. ROAD CONDUCTOR LOSES BOTH LEGS AFTER BE- ING STRUCK BY TRAIN (5) Andrew Schultc v Iowa Interstate Railroad Ltd. v L. A. Colo Inc. 07L-82 Tried Mar. 8-25, 2010 VERDICT: $33,000,000 v Iowa Interstate Railroad Ltd. ($10,000 ,000 loss of normal life; $6,300,000 pain & suffering; $10,000,000 disfigurement; $4,200,000 life care; $2,500,000 wage 1055); Not Guilty v 3rd party deft I-. A. Colo Inc. JUDGE: Alan G. Blackwood (IL, Rock Island 14th Jd Cr) PLTF ATTYS: James L. Farina and George T. Brugess of I-Ioey & Farina for Schulte DEMAND: $30,000,000 ASKED: $51,000,000 DEFT ATTYS: Michael B. Flynn and John E. Young, IV of Flynn & Wirkus (Quincy, MA) for Iowa Interstate Railroad Ltd. (Lexington Insur- ance) OFFER: $3,000,000 ; David M. Alt and Cody S. Moon ofBatcs & Carey for I. .A. Colo Inc. PLTF MEDL: Dr. William Schulte (Family Practice) for Schulte DEFT MEDL: Stephanie Long, R. N. (Nursing) for Iowa Interstate Rail- road Ltd. PLTF EXPERTS: Colon R. Fulk (Railroad Operational Consultant), Alan Blackwell (Railroads), Dr. Dennis Gates (Orthopedist), Terry L. Cordray, M . S. (Vocational Rehabilitation) and Ronald T. Smolarski of Beacon Reha- bilitation Services, I 14 Felch St. ,Ann Arbor, MI (734-665-8326) (Life Care Planner) for Schulte DEFT EXPERTS: Foster J. Peterson (Railroad Operational Consultant), Gregory Guthrie of Rail Consulting LLC, NI 1512 Muskellunge Lake Road, Tomahawk , WI (715-224-2481) (Railroads), Steven F. Wiker, PhD. of West Virginia University. Dept. of Industrial & Management Systems Engineer- ing, P. O. Box 6070, Morgantown , WV (304-293-9475) (Biomechanical En- gineer) and Debra E. Bcrens, PhD. of Weed & Associates Inc. , 1156 Mas- tcrs Lane, Snellville, GA (770-985-4546) (Life Care Planner) for Iowa Interstate Railroad Ltd.

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