Jury awards $942,000 for slip and fall outside motel

A Nebraska jury recently awarded nearly one million dollars in a personal injury suit to a train conductor who slipped and fell on ice outside an Iowa motel. Witnesses state that a light was burnt out, so the conductor could not see when he fell on the ice that should have been cleared by the motel. The 56 year old conductor, who earned approximately $90,000 per year, suffered knee injuries that could effectively end his career.

Notably, the personal injury verdict is against the train company that employed the conductor. The conductor was staying at the motel on an overnight layover before a return westbound trip scheduled for the next day. Because he was at the motel for work, the conductor filed suit under the Federal Employers Liability Act, which covers railroad employees and requires that train companies provide safe conditions for employees to stay.

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