Illinois Court Upholds $3.9 Million Verdict in Favor of Train Injury Victim

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In a recent case, the Appellate Court of Illinois, First District, was asked to overturn a jury trial verdict in favor of a teenager who was severely injured when attempting to jump onto a freight train that was traveling 9-10 miles per hour. The train ran over his foot, injuring it so badly that it was later amputated below his left knee.

His parents brought a personal injury lawsuit on his behalf, seeking to recover damages for his injuries. The case was tried before a jury and the jury returned a verdict in his favor in the amount of $6.5 million, which was reduced to $3.9 million based on a finding that he was 40% comparatively negligent.

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