Railroad Injury Lawyer

When railroad employees are injured on the job, railroad injury lawyers provide them with aggressive, professional representation to help them recover compensation for their injuries and losses.

Traditionally, injured employees are covered by a state's workers' compensation laws, should they sustain health damage while working. However, because the railroad industry is inherently more dangerous than many other industries, railroad workers are protected by a special law – known as the Federal Employers Liability Act (FELA) if:

  • They are injured on the job
  • They can prove that their injuries resulted from the negligence or recklessness of an employer, co-worker or equipment manufacturer

Like workers' compensation laws, FELA is complicated and constantly changing, as lawmakers regularly amend FELA statutes. Consequently, it's essential that injured railroaders meet with experienced railroad lawyers who understand FELA laws before filing any claims to learn more about their legal rights.

Dangers of the Railroad Industry: Types of Railroad Accidents and Injuries

Railroad occupations can be dangerous for a variety of reasons, including (but not limited to):

  • exposure to toxins
  • frequent heavy lifting
  • regular use of intricate heavy machinery
  • the massive size and weight of trains and their cargo

The most common types of railroad accidents that occur include:

  • accidents resulting from falling objects or debris
  • collisions
  • crushing or compression incidents
  • derailments
  • electrocutions
  • falls (from high places or due to slippery surfaces)
  • heavy lifting accidents

Types of injuries typically sustained following such railroad accidents include (but aren't limited to):

  • burns
  • disfigurement
  • dislocations or sprains
  • fractures
  • loss of limb
  • permanent disability
  • traumatic brain injury
  • spinal cord injuries
  • shoulder injuries
  • back injuries
  • knee injuries

Thus far in 2009, the Federal Railroad Administration Office of Safety Analysis has already received reports of over 16,000 railroad injuries.

When to Meet with a Railroad Accident Lawyer

Immediately following a railroad accident, injured parties will need emergency medical care to prevent further damage to their health.

Once their health is stable, it's also crucial that injured railroaders meet with a railroad accident lawyer experienced in FELA lawsuits for a free initial consultation. During this meeting, prospective plaintiffs can find out if FELA entitles them to a settlement. They can also secure aggressive, professional representation to ensure that their legal rights are appropriately protected.

The benefits of working with a Gordon & Elias, L.L.P. railroad injury attorney include:

  • Access to a network of experts who can verify their medical claims when official testimony is needed
  • Reliable representation in court, arbitration and/or mediation proceedings
  • Delayed payment for legal services, as our attorneys do not charge a fee unless compensation is recovered

Have you or a loved one been injured while working in the railroad industry? If so, contact Gordon & Elias, L.L.P. today to talk to an experienced FELA attorney who will evaluate your case and help you recover the compensation you deserve. At Gordon & Elias, L.L.P., we represent injured railroad workers, nationwide and are committed to helping them secure the full amount of compensation they need to obtain the best treatment and care.

For more information, call 800-773-6770 today.

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