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Wisconsin Jury Awards $876,000 to Superior BNSF Engineer

Superior, WI.       A Wisconsin federal jury returned a $876,000 verdict in favor of an injured BNSF Railroad Engineer against the BNSF Railway and Professional Transportation, Inc (PTI). Mr. Grant Little was injured while being transported within the rail yard by a PTI transport vehicle which struck a 9-foot-high snow bank.  As their own onboard video… Read more »

Fighting Against Reducing Train Crew Size

Two Person Freight Crews Are Safer   Legislation requiring a train crew of at least two individuals has been made law in four states and is bing considered in many others. This is a national public safety issue. Cutting train crew size is being pushed by corporate interests but puts your neighborhood at risk.  At… Read more »

$12.5 Million-Dollar Itasca County Verdict Affirmed

January 2019 – The Minnesota Court of Appeals affirmed a $12.5 million-dollar verdict in favor of an injured Duluth man against the construction company, Veit, Inc. While driving home from work at the BNSF Railway the injured man suffered a severe brain injury when a large rock fell over the top side of a passing… Read more »

Appeals Court rules against BNSF

Attorneys William Kvas and Richard L. Carlson successfully represented an injured BNSF Carmen in front of the Minnesota Court of Appeals.  The Appeals Court then reversed a lower court order, thus allowing the injured Carmen to pursue his FELA injury claim against the BNSF Railroad. Over his objections, a Carmen was required to use a… Read more »

— Cortney LeNeave— Joins Minnesota Attorneys of the Year

Cortney LeNeave, of Hunegs, LeNeave & Kvas, P.A., has been named by Minnesota Lawyer magazine as one of the Attorneys of the Year for his outstanding work in connection with several recent cases. In October of 2017 LeNeave obtained one of the largest verdicts in the history of the state of Minnesota with a $12.6… Read more »

Railroad Whistleblower Protection

Reporting Safety Issues Requires OSHA Intervention: http://peoplesworld.org/railroad-whistleblowers-face-retaliation-urge-osha-prosecutions-heftier-fines/ -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 »

$12.5 million awarded Duluth area man

April 2017 – An Itasca County jury awarded $12.5 million dollars after finding Viet Corporation responsible for the severe brain injury suffered by a 32 year old Duluth man who was struck by a large rock that fell off the top of a passing dump truck on Highway 2 near Grand Rapids, Minnesota. The jury… Read more »

AMTRAK Derailment

December 18, 2017: An Amtrak passenger train derailed onto the I-5 freeway outside of the city of DuPont, the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) confirmed Monday. “All lanes of southbound I-5 at Mounts Road are closed,” WSDOT said in a tweet. The incident is at an interstate rail overpass, south of the city of… Read more »

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 »