Railroad injuries can be devastating, catastrophic and even fatal for railway workers. If railroad companies are negligent and workplaces are unsafe, workers are put at an unbelievably high risk for getting hurt on the job. An on-the-job injury on the railroad can mean the loss of limb or even life. Cases involving railroad injuries are different than other workplace injury cases, because they fall under the Federal Employer’s Liability Act (FELA). Railroad workers have the right to sue their employers in state or federal court under the FELA. Since there are so many complicated safety regulations associated with the rail industry, it’s essential to have an experienced railroad injury lawyer on your side after an accident.
Negligence on the Railroad
On the railroad and in the rail yard, the stakes are high. Any amount of negligence is intolerable. Negligence in this kind of workplace can put the lives of workers at risk. Under the FELA, it will be necessary to show that negligence contributed to or directly caused your injury. Because lawsuits can impact a railroad company’s bottom line, they’ll do just about anything to try to skirt accountability and responsibility. You need a lawyer on your side who can ensure a thorough and timely investigation is conducted to get to the bottom of what went wrong in your accident.
Due to the high speeds, heavy equipment, and other aspects of the railroad business, the industry has a lot of additional safety regulations. Employers and railroad owners have a duty to be compliant with all federal and state safety regulations. If an employer is found to have been in violation of any kind of safety regulation, the business can be held accountable for your subsequent injury, medical bills and other expenses associated with your accident. Like any other industry, railroad workers are entitled to be safe in their working environments, well trained and to have the necessary resources made available to them in the event of an accident.
Different Types of Railroad Injuries
- Loss of limb
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBI)
- Cumulative trauma
- Hearing loss
- Exposure to toxic chemicals
- Fatal injuries
Costs Associated with Railroad Injuries
Although with any type of railroad injury, we typically think of the initial medical bills as the largest expenses, it’s also important to calculate the potential loss of future income and the cumulative costs of short term and long-term medical care. Sometimes, a family member will also have to quit working to take you to and from doctor’s appointments. You could be out of work for a short period of time or temporarily disabled. If you’re a primary earner in your household, it could be difficult to put food on the table and make ends meet if you’re employer is not willing to pay for the medical bills caused by their own negligence.
Accidents due to negligence on the railroad are completely preventable. Safety and compliance need to be top priorities at any rail yard. The sooner you get in touch with a personal injury lawyer after a railroad injury, the better. These cases are time sensitive, and you don’t want to waste time that could be spent on a thorough investigation. The longer you wait to contact a personal injury attorney with railroad injury case experience, the more time your employer has to try to cover up, mitigate or distance themselves from any accountability.
Holding Railroad Companies Accountable
Working on the railroad doesn’t mean that you should be subjected to an unsafe working environment. Employers still owe a reasonable duty of care to their employees and workers. Negligence on the railroad can lead to severe or even catastrophic injuries. There are regulations and laws in place to help protect railroad workers and their families, and you do have options after an accident. If your employer’s negligence caused your accident, that company needs to be held accountable for their actions.
After any kind of railroad injury, it’s essential to get in touch with a personal injury attorney as soon as possible about your case. Whether you suffered from a catastrophic injury on the railroad or lost a loved one, you need an advocate on your side to help you get the compensation you deserve to cover medical bills, lost wages and other expenses associated with the railroad injury. If you have been injured or if you have lost a loved one in a railroad accident in or around the Jackson Metro Area, contact the skilled railroad injury team at Coxwell & Associates, PLLC at (601) 265-7766 for a free case consultation today.
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