Jury Sticks LIRR With $911K Bill For Signal Worker's Injury

Law360, New York (May 11, 2017, 5:48 PM EDT) -- A Manhattan jury hit the Long Island Railroad with a $991,000 damages verdict Thursday, finding that the railroad was negligent when it put signal worker Daniel Curran into a “work hardening” physical therapy program he claimed exacerbated an on-the-job back injury.

The jury of seven men and one woman needed about four hours to make its decision after a three-day trial before U.S. District Judge Edgardo Ramos, who denied the railroad's motion for summary judgment against plaintiff Daniel Curran last year.

The jury declined to find the railroad negligent for a July 2012 rail-buckling problem called a heat kink — Curran...

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