A New Jersey railway worker who sustained eye injuries when he was struck by an object on the job will receive a $3.75 million jury award in a Federal Employers Liability Act negligence suit. The employer, Port Authority Trans-Hudson Corp., argued that the injured worker, James Meals, suffered the injury due mainly to his own negligence. It remains unclear whether or not Meals was wearing eye protection at the time of the accident or what kind of object caused the injury. Last year, a District Court ruling awarded Meals the multi-million dollar recovery. The 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia upheld the judgment. Counsel for the employer had assigned several errors to the original judgment, including the fact that the judge had blocked the introduction of evidence regarding payments made to Meals, including workers’ comp benefits. The 3rd U.S. Circuit Court said that they did not see this as abusing judicial discretion, as such information can create a “potentially prejudicial effect.”
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