Settlement Reached In Missouri Wrongful Death Lawsuit

July 9, 2013
A settlement has been reached in the Missouri Wrongful Death Lawsuit that was filed on behalf of the family of a man killed while working in a repair shop. The tragic accident occurred on May 18, 2011, at a Herzog Railways Services, Inc. repair shop located on County Road 55 in St. Joseph, Missouri.
The St. Joseph News-Press stated that the 40-year-old victim was performing maintenance on a train car when a piece of equipment fell and struck him. The accident inflicted the man with severe injuries and he was declared dead at the scene.
The family of the victim later filed suit against the company, claiming it had negligently failed to protect their loved one from the hazards the work environment presented. A settlement of $1.45 million was reached just days before a trial in the matter was set to begin.
As part of the settlement, several family members of the victim will receive sums of between $11,000 and $500,000. Also, the company has been cleared of any liability and the widow of the victim agreed to dismiss a Missouri workers’ compensation claim that was filed in the matter.
The Missouri Personal Injury Lawyers with CofmanTownsley are aware of how devastating the loss of a loved one to a workplace accident can be. That’s why the firm hopes the decision in the case will bring a sense of closure to the tragedy for the family of the victim.