Settlement Reached In Suit Filed Against Union Pacific

June 25, 2007

Union Pacific is forced to pay $942,000 to a previous conductor who slipped on ice while staying at a motel near the railroad.

Reason for the Suit

Terry Sigler has worked for the railroad for over 40 years in Omaha and would often travel to nearby states and stay in motels for layovers.

In 2002 when Sigler was staying at a Super 8 motel in Missouri he slipped and badly injured his knee on a patch of ice on the motel’s sidewalk.

Sigler has since undergone several knee surgeries and doctors have concluded that a cushion in the joint of his knee is irreplaceable which will prevent him from having continued employment with the railroad company.

The Federal Employers Liability Act

The Federal Employers Liability Act passed in 1908 covers all injuries suffered by railroad workers.

The act states that workers must stay at hotels nearby the railroad so they will always be available and therefore railroad companies put workers up at hotels across the country.

In conjunction with this act, the hotels must be safe for all workers, which Sigler claims, was not the case.

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