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Clifford Law Offices Obtains $18.5 Million Settlement in Derailment Fire for Two Workers

Robert A. Clifford and Colin H. Dunn, partners at Clifford Law Offices obtained an $18.5 million settlement on behalf of two workers who were severely injured in a flash fire during a derailment cleanup in Kentucky. The case was dismissed today in the Circuit Court of Jefferson County in Louisville, Kentucky.

Belleville, Illinois residents Tony Carillo, 38, and Greg Powers, 28, both employees of RJ Corman Derailment Services of Nicholasville, Kentucky, were badly injured in a Level 3 haz-mat derailment cleanup near West Point, Kentucky, in October, 2012.

Thumbnail image for bob_clifford_lawyer.jpgBob Clifford (center) and Colin Dunn (right) are congratulated by two of their clients, Greg Powers (left) and Tony Carillo (other man in t-shirt), both from Kentucky, for their lawyers obtaining an $18.5 million settlement on behalf of the two men who were badly burned in a flash fire during a haz-mat derailment cleanup near West Point, Kentucky.

Powers suffered second and third degree burns over 70 percent of his body as well as inhalation injuries to his throat and lungs. His month-long hospital stay required multiple debridement and skin grafting procedures. He has developed bilateral carpel tunnel syndrome in both arms requiring surgery and endured extensive and painful physical therapy since the incident.

Carillo suffered first and third degree burns over 40 percent of his body including on both arms, his torso and back. He was airlifted to the University of Louisville Hospital where he underwent multiple debridements and skin grafts.

"This incident was completely avoidable had the companies involved taken reasonable precautions," Clifford said following the settlement. "These men and their families are changed forever. Burns are very serious injuries - both painful and disfiguring."

Clifford Law Offices brought claims against CSX Transportation, Inc.; Paducah & Louisville Railway Co.; and the Center for Toxicology and Environmental Health, all of whom contributed to the settlement. Tad Thomas of Thomas Law Offices in Louisville, Kentucky, and Brad Badgley of Brad L. Badgley P.C. in Belleville, Illinois, also represented the two injured workers. 

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For further information, contact Clifford Law Offices Communications Partner Pamela Sakowicz Menaker at 847-721-0909. 

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