There are several categories of railroad injury related cases. First, a federal law, the Federal Employer’s Liability Act (FELA), gives rail workers the right to sue their railroad employer directly for injuries suffered on the job–this law trumps workers compensation entirely. Accidents and serious injuries do happen, and many are caused by the fault or negligence of a railroad in ways that are not obvious to a worker. My law firm has handled literally hundreds (no exageration here) of rail worker cases involving all types of injuries and death claims. We locate key experts to help on important matters, such as on track maintenance or repair, switch operation or proper train movements, and we have staff investigators retired from railroad service. We also handle any other types of injuries, at rail crossings, or for persons injured by trains, or while on passenger trains.
My law firm has also developed substantial experience as a result of representing many injured train passengers and persons injured in railroad crossing accidents. These tragic accidents have caused life-threatening injuries to our clients or family members. We have litigated these claims throughout the eastern United States.
Because these types of accidents often involve multiple responsible parties (such as several railroads or a combination of railroads and trucking companies) the legal issues can become extremely complex, and only an experienced attorney should accept such cases.
We maintain and continually update research and evidence files on all aspects of railroad crossing and passenger injury law and practices.
Your editor (Rick Shapiro) was elected chairman of the Railroad Section of the Association of Trial Lawyers of America for 2005-2006 (the nation’s largest consumer trial lawyer organization) and also co-authored a major railroad injury law publication entitled “Railroad Health and Safety; A Litigator’s Guide,” which is published in West Group’s American Jurisprudence “Trials” law encyclopedia/treatise. The treatise article covers the Federal Employers’ Liability Act, railroad health/safety and related legal matters, and was co-authored by Dr. Leonard Vance, industrial hygienist/attorney of Richmond, Virginia. Am. Jur. is the nation’s leading encyclopedia of law. . The treatise publication is over 100 pages and covers all aspects of railroad health and safety, from the nuts and bolts of how to report an on-the-job injury, to details of workplace lung disorders, diseases, and hearing loss, how the Federal Employers’ Liability Act works, and numerous other details. Our office can e-mail to you, without charge, the Table Of Contents, or selected portions of the publication at no cost, and if you are interested in receiving any chapters, we can mail a free excerpt to you.
If you have any question or inquiry in the area of railroad injury law, please send me an email from this site and I will be happy to answer your question.
Update: I have launched a new blog dedicated to the Federal Employer’s Liability Act (FELA). Please check it out for more info.