US Supreme Court On Railroad’s Liability for Injury


To what extent is a railroad carrier liable under the Federal Employers’ Liability Act (FELA) to an employee injured while at work? The Supreme Court of the United States considered this very issue in a recent case that arose in Illinois, CSX Transportation Inc. v. McBride, No. 10-235.

McBride was a locomotive engineer for CSX when he was injured while switching rail cars, sustaining a serious injury to his hand. He filed suit against his employer under FELA and CSX was found to be liable following a jury trial.

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