Railroads are inherently dangerous and railroad workers are subject to on-the-job hazards and risks. The Federal Employers Liability Act (FELA) was enacted to protect railroad workers from the fatal and life altering injuries they face.
FELA provides that train companies are obligated to keep their employees safe from risk and injuries. Unfortunately, train companies sometimes fail in their duty to protect employees from injury. The failure to keep employees safe from harm may be referred to as negligence.
Such acts of negligence include:
- Failure to establish proper employee training and guidelines
- Failure to maintain railway crossings
- Failure to maintain trains and equipment
- Failure to establish a safe working environment
- Failure to provide workers with safety equipment
- Failure to keep employees away from toxic substances
Where an employer’s negligence leads to the injury of a railroad worker, the railroad worker may recover damages from the employer. Common railroad worker injuries are:
- Ballast injuries
- Fractures, lacerations and burns
- Spinal cord injuries
- Hearing loss
- Traumatic Brain Injuries
In the event of injury, the railroad worker may be entitled to compensation for medical expenses, lost wages and future earning capacity as well as pain and suffering. The family of a railroad worker who dies in a railroad accident may be entitled to funeral expenses, loss of consortium and wages derived from the deceased worker.
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Compensation under FELA is often higher than a regular Workers Compensation claim and in order to be successful in a FELA claim, one is required to prove that the train company contributed to the accident through negligent inaction or willful wrongdoing.
The Law Office of Tina Sypek D’Amato has the required knowledge and experience to file a FELA railroad worker injury suit on your behalf. You may be a railroad worker who has been injured or perhaps your loved one was injured or killed while working on a railroad. You should know that you deserve adequate legal representation from a firm that puts its clients’ needs first. We understand the pain you may be going through and will handle your case with compassion while fighting hard to get you the compensation you deserve.
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