Railroads Slow to Add Safety Technology

Railroads have made little progress installing safety technologies designed to prevent deadly collisions and derailments despite a mandate from Congress, according to a government report released August 17, 2016. The sought after technology, called Positive Train Control or PTC, uses digital radio communications, GPS and signals alongside tracks to monitor train positions.  PTC can automatically … Read more »

$27.7 million dollar verdict for injured Minnesota pilot

February 5, 2016 ::  A Ramsey County jury returned a verdict of $27.7 million dollars in favor of Mark Kedrowski in his products liability claim against airplane parts manufacturer Lycoming Engine. CBS News link: Airplane Parts Manufacturer Ordered To Pay $27.7M To Man Injured In Crash In 2010, the private plane Mr. Kedrowski was piloting lost… Read more »


On July 23, 2015, a railroad switchman from Superior, Wisconsin was awarded $4.49 million dollars by a Hennepin County jury for injuries sustained while working for BNSF Railroad. Aaron Larson sustained crippling injuries to his back when, on a snowy night of March 16, 2013, he was knocked onto the ground, striking his low back… Read more »

Litigator Award 2015

Hunegs, LeNeave & Kvas, P.A.  2015 Litigator Award Winner  Trial Lawyers Board Of Regents Bellevue, Washington: January 14, 2016 Hunegs, LeNeave & Kvas, P.A. was today awarded the prestigious 2015 Litigator Award for extraordinary achievement within the fields of: Burn Injury, Brain Injury, Railroad Accidents and Amputation Injury Litigation. Having been conferred this prestigious National… Read more »

Railroad Whistleblower Protection

Reporting Safety Issues Requires OSHA Intervention: -FEDERAL RAILROAD SAFETY ACT- The attorneys at Hunegs, LeNeave & Kvas have successfully represented railroad workers who wrongfully suffered disciplinary action against them in violation of this protective law.  We have helped workers receive back-pay with interest and punitive damages from their employer. Individuals working for railroad carriers… Read more »

CSX – Hedge Fund Proposal

CSX Corp.‘s board yesterday called for a special meeting of shareholders to seek guidance on a proposal by a 4.9% shareholder New York hedge fund – Mantle Ridge LP, and former CEO of Canadian Pacific Railroad, E. Hunter Harrison. The proposal would give the hedge fund greater control of the CSX  Board of Directors while… Read more »

Union Pacific Fiery Derailment Prompts Investigation

A Union Pacific train hauling North Dakota crude through the Columbia River Gorge derailed in June, 2016 along a curve in the tracks near Mosier, Oregon. The accident sparked a fire that burned for 14 hours and causing officials to issue an evacuation order. Federal officials said the railroad was not following its own inspection… Read more »

St. Louis County Jury Awards $250,000 to BNSF Switchman

A Duluth, Minnesota jury awarded a BNSF Switchman $250,000 for injuries sustained in the railroad switching yard at night. The April 2014 trial was the result of BNSF’s typical hard line position. They offered our client, Shan Martineau, nothing in spite of his fractured thumb, injured hand and a hernia suffered during physical therapy/work hardening…. Read more »

Nebraska Jury Awards $900,000 in 2010 Union Pacific Derailment

By Russell Hubbard, WORLD-HERALD STAFF WRITER:: A Douglas County District Court jury has awarded a former Union Pacific train conductor $900,000 after a 2010 derailment that left him injured and unable to work. Loren Sweley, now 68, of North Platte Nebraska, sued Union Pacific after the January 2010 derailment in Columbus, Nebraska. Sweley’s lawsuit said… Read more »