Another Fatality in CA: The Cycle of Railroad Incidents Continues

In the past, we have examined railway accidents and fatalities to help call attention to the need for increased safety methods or standards of accountability. The cycle of railroad incidents continues, as the tracks near Martinez, CA, were the site of another fatality last month. Thirty-two-year-old Martinez resident Liliana Alam was struck and killed by a BNSF train in June 2019. Another woman was killed earlier this year near that same set of tracks, and another was killed in 2014. If you have read our previous blogs, you know that railroad accidents and deaths in this area are, unfortunately, too…

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How Much Does It Cost to Get Divorced?

The issue of cost usually is one of the first questions to come up when someone considers getting a divorce. The anecdotes and horror stories about the high cost of divorce are all too easy to find online, particularly on social media. But asking “How much does it cost to get divorced?” is a necessary and legitimate question, especially if you are considering hiring an attorney to represent you in the dissolution process. The most honest answer any attorney can provide is that we don’t definitively know, as many factors determine the exact amount. We can, however, provide insights about…

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Jurgens v. BNSF: A Case of Railroad Industry Safety and Liability

In June 2019, a Bismarck jury handed down a verdict that makes a statement about railroad industry safety and liability. At the age of 18, Cary Jurgens started working for BNSF Railway, where he was employed his entire adult life. On August 7, 2017, Jurgens fell while servicing an industry in Jamestown, North Dakota. He reinjured his knee, which required surgery and subsequently cut short his railroad career. In court, BNSF questioned the validity of Jurgens’ claim and asked the jury to grant him no monetary damages. The jury disagreed with BNSF and issued a $560,845 verdict after a weeklong…

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