Jury awards injured railroad worker nearly $3.5M

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A man who still works for BNSF Railway has been awarded nearly $3.5 million for injuries he suffered at a Lincoln rail yard nearly five years ago.

The Lincoln Journal Star reports that the Lancaster County District Court jury returned a verdict Wednesday of more than $7.1 million against BNSF and in favor of Jimmy Rohr Jr. But it was reduced by 51 percent, the percentage for which the jury deemed Rohr responsible.

The railroad maintained that Rohr was fully responsible. He said the railroad was.

Rohr’s attorney Jeff Chod says a rail car rolled over Rohr’s left foot on Feb. 22, 2014. Eventually his left leg was amputated below the knee.

Chod says Rohr returned to work in October 2015 and plans on staying at BNSF as long as he’s physically able to do the work.

Story by the Associated Press

Updated: January 21, 2019 — 1:42 PM

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