If you are an injured railroad worker, you need to consult a personal injury lawyer who understands the special and unique laws that apply to railroad accidents. You need attorneys who will aggressively pursue your claim and make sure that everything is done to ensure that you are treated fairly under the law.
Most people who are injured at work are covered by a state’s workers compensation laws, but this is not the case for railroad workers who are involved in an accident. Rather, the injured railroad workers are covered by the laws outlined in the Federal Employers Liability Act (FELA). FELA was enacted in in 1908 and it provides injured railroad workers with a unique set of laws that take into account the increased dangers of working on the railroad. By ways of example, under FELA the legal burden that an injured railroad worker must carry is different from what is required under traditional negligence laws.
FELA is complex and regularly changed by Congress. As a result, it’s very important that injured railroad workers consult a FELA railroad accident attorney to discuss his or her options and understand his or her rights. The FELA railroad accident lawyers at Sutliff & Stout, PLLC are available anytime to discuss with you legal rights and options free of charge.
The Way FELA Works
If you are a railroad worker, you may be wonder when FELA applies to you:
When you are injured on the job and you can show that the negligence, carelessness or recklessness of your employer, co-worker or equipment manufacturer caused or contributed to your injury.
The typical types of railroad accidents include:
- wrongful death
- loss of limb
- low back injury
- neck injury
- dislocations or sprains
- permanent disability
- traumatic brain injury
In 2010, there were 11,309 railroad accidents and 745 fatalities. According to the FRA, the numbers indicate that more must be done to make rail travel and operation safer for railroad workers and the general public.
Consulting Railroad Attorneys
Following an injury while working on the railroad, it is critical that an injured railroad worker speak with an experienced FELA attorney. Our railroad injury lawyers can help you determine your options and make sure that you are being treated fairly. When you have been injured, it affects you and your family. At Sutliff & Stout, PLLC, we understand this and that is why we take an aggressive and proactive approach with each case we take. Our goal is to make sure that you and your family are taken care of and treated fairly under the law. The lawyers of Sutliff & Stout, PLLC do this by providing you and your family with:
- Experienced legal representation
- Access to railroad experts to evaluate your accident
- Some of the most qualified medical doctors that the United States has to offer
- Resources necessary to take on the railroad.
The attorneys of Sutliff & Stout, PLLC have helped injured railroad workers recover money for:
- unpaid paid medical bills associate with the accident;
- medical treatments necessary to reach maximum medical improvement;
- lost wages;
- loss of future earning capacity (i.e. the amount of money a person will lose in the future as a result of his or her injury);
- disabilities such as back or neck surgery or brain damage;
- future living expenses (this applies when your injury prevents you from earning a living);
- pain and suffering
What to Do if You’ve Been Harmed in a Railroad or Train Accident
If you or a loved one has been injured while working for the railroad, you should consult an experienced railroad accident attorney. In an effort to help you or your loved, the attorneys of Sutliff & Stout, PLLC are happy to speak with you free of charge to discuss your concerns and situation. Our railroad accident lawyers understand that each person’s situation and needs are unique. Regardless of your situation or location, our lawyers are ready to help you and your family get back on track.