If you've suffered a serious injury or lost a loved one in a work-related railroad accident, you may be entitled to substantial compensation in the event that the railroad company is liable for the incident. No matter how the accident occurred, it is crucial that you get in touch with the knowledgeable NY railroad employee accident attorneys at Wingate, Russotti, Shapiro & Halperin, LLP as soon as possible to explore your legal options and protect your rights. But you must take the first step.
Call (212) 986-7353 for a free, comprehensive case evaluation. Our experienced legal team can help you make a confident, informed decision about your future.
The railroad industry is notoriously dangerous. When a railroad worker is involved in an on-the-job accident, the results are often life-changing, if not fatal. In order to protect railroad workers from such devastating injuries, Congress passed the Federal Employers Liability Act (FELA) to hold railroad companies accountable for their workers' safety. In the event that a work-related accident occurs as a result of employer negligence, such as failure to provide proper training or safety equipment, the injured party has the right to sue the employer for damages.
In order to have a strong FELA lawsuit, it will be necessary to prove that your employer or coworkers contributed to the accident through carelessness or willful wrongdoing, including:
- Using defective equipment
- Encouraging unsafe policies
- Failing to maintain equipment or rail wells
- Negligent train operation
- Failing to ensure working conditions are safe
In many cases, FELA compensation is often significantly higher than compensation provided through traditional workers' compensation claims. To discuss your case with a New York personal injury attorney who has years of experience handling FELA cases, contact WRSH today.
Railroad employees may be exposed to serious risks of bodily injury and even death on a daily basis. When an accident occurs on the job, a railroad worker is likely to suffer catastrophic damages that may put him/her out of work for months, if not indefinitely. The most common railroad injuries include:
- Broken bones/fractures
- Crush injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Brain injuries
Depending on the severity of the accident, the injured worker may be entitled to compensation for medical costs, lost wages, lost earning ability, pain and suffering, mental anguish and more. In the event that the worker is killed, his/her family may recover compensation for medical costs leading up to his/her death, lost wages, mental anguish, and funeral costs.
At Wingate, Russotti, Shapiro & Halperin, LLP, we take our role in your recovery after a railroad accident very seriously. We understand the overwhelming damages you may have suffered and will fight tirelessly to ensure that your right to full and fair compensation is protected. Contact our New York personal injury law office at (212) 986-7353 for reliable legal guidance and strong representation.