The Supreme Court issued its decision in CSX Transportation v. McBride on June 23, 2011. The Court in a 5-4 opinion authored by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg reaffirmed the relaxed causation standard in FELA cases that hold that a railroader must only show that his or her injury was the result “in whole or in part” of the negligence of the railroad. This holding was a direct rebuttal of the railroad’s attempt to make it more difficult for railroaders to prove their cases in court by requiring an injured railroader to prove proximate causation.
This is a very important decision that continues to protect the rights of injured railroad workers.
Link to the decision here.
By Matt Darby