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ALABAMA RAILROAD WORKER PAID $881,000 BY CSX AFTER ALABAMA SUPREME COURT UPHOLDS VERDICT

 BIRMINGHAM, Ala., Feb. 19 /PRNewswire/ -- CSX Transportation paid $881,000 yesterday to a former railroad worker from Trussville, Ala. The payment, awarded by a jury for the on-the-job accident, came after the Feb. 12 deadline passed for CSX to file a response to a Jan. 22 ruling by the Alabama Supreme Court, which upheld the original verdict.
 The Supreme Court justices refused a request from CSX lawyers for a new trial. In their ruling, the justices said the jury's verdict was "clearly supported by the record."
 The amount provides compensation to former railroad switchman John W. Day, 52, who sustained permanent injuries and loss of past and future income. Day suffered several broken bones and severe internal injuries when he was knocked off the side of a railcar by another train.
 Lead counsel Frank O. Burge Jr. of the Birmingham law firm of Burge & Wettermark represented Day in the case against CSX, which is headquartered in Jacksonville, Fla., and has, among other locations, a facility in Waycross, Ga.
 "We believed the verdict was fair from the outset," said Burge. "Mr. Day has sustained -- and will suffer for the rest of his life -- immeasurable pain and economic loss as a result of this accident."
 Burge & Wettermark limits its practice to the trial and settlement of serious injury and wrongful death cases throughout the Southeast. The firm specializes in defense of railroad workers injured in work- related accidents. It has offices in Atlanta and Birmingham.
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 /CONTACT: Heather Jameson or Donna L. Sellers of Rountree Group, Inc., 404-252-7577, for Burge & Wettermark/


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