Railroad employees and contractors who work on trains and in rail yards put their lives at risk on a daily basis. Whenever a railroad worker suffers an injury while on the job, there is a very good chance that the injury will be extremely serious in nature. These injuries will nearly always require expensive medical treatment, and in many cases the consequences will severely impact the type of work they can do going forward.
In short, railroad industry accidents nearly always have catastrophic financial consequences for the injured railroad worker and their family. That is why it is so important that you find and hire a good lawyer to make a claim for compensation on your behalf to cover the cost of your doctor bills, lost income, and myriad other expenses related to your accident.
Making a Claim Against Your Employer
Train yard accidents are not covered by conventional workers comp insurance law. Instead, they are subject to the Federal Employer’s Liability Act (FELA). This is good news for you as an accident victim, as it means there is substantially more compensation available to you. Any railroad company that is involved in interstate commerce can be sued under FELA where the employer was negligent in failing to identify, eliminate or control any hazard which posed a danger to their employees.
Some of the most common accidents to befall railroad workers include:
- Switching accidents
- Coupling accidents
- Noncompliance with safety standards
- Ballast injuries
- Repetitive motion disorders
- Braking accidents
- Inadequate security
- Slack and impact forces
- Train and car dynamics
- Train and vehicle collisions
- Exposure to toxic chemicals or other harmful substances
- Train driver negligence or other human error
- Mechanical or electrical failures
- Track, roadbed, or structural defect
- Negligent maintenance
- Failure to clear trackside vegetation
- Failure to provide advance warning
- Train derailment
- Head, brain and facial injuries
- Back and neck injuries
- Hearing damage
- Inadequately maintained trucks
- Inadequate warning signs
- Delays in constructing crossing gates
Why You Need a Top Attorney
In order to have the best possible chance of winning the maximum compensation available in your railroad workers injury case, it is crucial to hire the best railroad injury attorney possible. The lawyers at the Anderson Law Firm in Fort Worth have both earned the rare distinction of being Board Certified in Personal Injury Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, and both have been locally recognized as Top Attorneys by Fort Worth Magazine on multiple occasions.
For a free, no obligation consultation, please call us toll free at 800-354-6275 or locally at 817-294-1900.
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