Railroad Worker Injury Lawyer
Attorney for FELA Cases and Railroad Worker Injuries
Reports from the Office of Safety within the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) reveal that, over the past ten years 113,354 railroad related accidents/incidents have taken place. Of that total number of incidents there have been 6,989 fatalities and 77,705 non-fatal conditions involving railroad employees.
At a hearing in October of 2007, the U.S. Congressional Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure heard testimony that from 2002 through 2004 the FRA investigated less than two-tenths of one percent of all incidents involving railroads. This means that railroad workers operating in dangerous environments can't rely solely on the Federal government to adequately investigate and enforce existing regulations. A key railroad regulation is the Federal Employers Liability Act (FELA). FELA requires every railroad common carrier in the U.S. to be liable to any employee suffering injury, but workers must prove that the railroad company was negligent when accidents and injuries occur.
It's also important to know that railroad workers are not covered by the typical state workers compensation scheme. The benefits provided to railroad workers are governed by FELA and overseen by the Railroad Retirement Board (RRB). The RRB is a federal agency that administers the benefits provided for in the Railroad Retirement Act which include retirement and disability annuities for qualified railroad employees, spouses and survivors for the families of deceased employees insured under the act. Unemployment sickness insurance payments are also available through the RRB.
Railroad workers - working in a dangerous workplace
Railroad workers enter into a dangerous workplace every day they are on the job. Therefore, it is not uncommon for workers to suffer from injury and illness as a result. When this is the case it will be crucial for you to obtain legal representation on which you can rely for knowledgeable support and guidance. Click on any of the links below to learn more about all of the areas in which our attorneys can help after any type of train accident injury.
Federal Employers Liability Act
The Federal Employers Liability Act (FELA) was created to protect the rights and safety of railroad workers throughout the U.S.
Railroad Worker Accident Investigation
Investigations into the cause of any railroad accident will be necessary in order to determine who is at fault. Train operators and railroad managers who act negligently or recklessly can be held liable for the personal injury of their employees.
Railroad Operation & Maintenance
The safety and wellbeing of railroad workers depends primarily on the way in which the railroads are maintained and operated.
In industries such as the railroad industry, it is extremely important to maintain safe working conditions for employees on the job. Failure to do so could result in serious harm or fatality to railroad workers.
Sometimes, contracted workers or third party workers may be injured while working nearby or around a railroad track. If this describes your situation, a skilled railroad accident attorney can help you seek compensation.
Every year, an estimated 1.7 million rail cars filled with hazardous materials are transported throughout the U.S. This means that railroad workers are susceptible to these hazardous and often toxic materials any time they are on the job.
For years, railroads have been the sites of hazardous dumping materials. These pose a great danger to railroad workers who may be exposed to the dangerous substances on a daily basis.
The Federal Railroad Administration governs the shipment of hazardous materials. This is done through the Hazardous Materials Transportation Act.
Injury and Illness
Direct exposure to toxic and hazardous materials can lead to many long-term injuries and illnesses among railroad employees. Some of these include
lung cancer, mesothelioma,
leukemia and anemia.
Railroad Injury Attorney for Cases Throughout the U.S.
An injury lawyer can represent your case no matter what the conditions may be. Whether you have been harmed from hazardous or toxic materials while on the job, or you are a non-railworker who was injured as a passenger, we are here to help.
Train accidents can present serious harm of a catastrophic nature to everyone involved –
passengers, employees, operators and the like. Therefore, your legal representation should reflect a comprehensive knowledge of all the inner workings of the laws that govern standard train regulations.
Railroad employees who have been injured on the job should seek qualified legal counsel to ensure that their claims are accurately investigated and that they receive the judgments they deserve. Arnold & Itkin LLP has successfully represented victims injured in railroad accidents. Our goal is to build a strong and persuasive case as quickly as possible.
For a free consultation, contact Arnold & Itkin LLP by calling toll free (888) 495-6816 or by submitting the form at the top of this page.