Atlanta Railroad Injury Lawyers
Injured on the Job? We Can Help You File a FELA Claim!
Although many American households have at least one car nowadays, the railway systems are still an integral part of the U.S. transportation system. Whether you are traveling on a train, working on a train, or near a train, these massive locomotives can cause significant damage when things go wrong. Unfortunately, train accidents often result in catastrophic injuries for workers, passengers, and those that are close to the tracks. If you or a loved one has been injured in a train accident, you deserve to be compensated for your injuries.
Did you know that railroad workers receive federal protection? Since railroads are high-risk jobs, the federal government imposed a different set of protections that aren’t afforded under state workers’ compensation statutes. As such, there are drastic differences between FELA claims and workers’ compensation claims.
This is why it’s important to retain the legal counsel of our proven Atlanta FELA railroad injury lawyer to fight for the maximum settlement possible in your case. You don’t deserve to suffer at the hands of a railroad company without getting compensation for your pain, medical bills, lost wages and more. Over the years, we’ve recovered more than $10 million for our injured clients and are confident in our abilities to work towards a favorable result on your behalf.
Don’t adopt the “nothing will come of this” mindset, as you’d be surprised to learn how many injured railroad workers recovered the compensation they deserve. You could potentially be next.
To speak with a seasoned FELA railroad injury lawyer in Atlanta, GA, contact us today!
At ChancoSchiffer Law, LLC, our Atlanta railroad injury attorneys work tirelessly to ensure that victims of train accidents are fairly and fully compensated. We have many years of collective experience and vast knowledge of the complexities involved in railroad injury claims.
We have a proven track record of obtaining maximum compensation for all kinds of train accident victims, including:
- Individuals hit at a crossing
- Railroad workers injured on/by a train
- Injured commuter riders
Formulating a Successful Railroad Injury Claim
When someone else's negligence is the cause of your injuries, no matter what type of accident, that party should be held liable for your losses. When you have been injured in a railroad accident, it can be intimidating to file a claim for compensation against a large railroad company. In addition, the laws regarding these types of cases are difficult to understand, and it can be challenging to prove fault, even if it seems obvious to you.
Fortunately, our personal injury lawyers have the experience and resources necessary to go up against even the most powerful corporations. When you let us handle your case, we can identify the liable parties and help you pursue all available avenues of compensation.
Depending on the circumstances of your case, we may be able to build a claim for compensation based on:
- Unlawful speeding
- Conductor or railroad worker fatigue
- Faulty signals, lights, or crossing gates
- Poor maintenance of train or tracks
- Hazardous railroad crossing
- Objects protruding from the train
- Employee mistake due to improper hiring or inexperience
- Violations of safety rules, laws, or regulations
- Mechanical defects in the engine or cars
- Failure to balance cargo
Common Railroad Injuries
There were 907 railroad deaths in 2019, the highest count since 2007. This staggering statistic demonstrates how dangerous railroad jobs can be. As such, it’s important to understand the types of injuries that railroad workers may suffer:
- Brain injuries
- Back injuries
- Neck injuries
- Chemical exposure
- Slips and falls
What Is the Federal Employers Liability Act (FELA)?
FELA, or the Federal Employers Liability Act, is a federal law that was passed in 1908 that protects injured railroad workers. The main difference between workers’ compensation and FELA is the fault-based aspect. The FELA ensures that railroad workers, engineers, brakemen, switchmen and other Amtrak and railroad employees or their families obtain compensation for injuries sustained on the job site or as a result of misconduct by the railroad company or in the event of a wrongful death to allow recovering just compensation for any work-related injuries.
The laws of the FELA are comparable to that of workers’ compensation. However, railroad employees are required to demonstrate that their injuries were directly caused by the negligence of their employer. Unlike state workers’ compensation laws, FELA requires plaintiffs to prove that a railroad employee or employer was negligent or at fault, either in part or whole, for their injuries. If a plaintiff is successful, they will likely recover more damages for their injuries than a workers’ compensation claim would award.
The statute of limitations for a FELA action is three years from the cause of the injury or the date of diagnosis. It’s important to remember that negligence must be proved to some degree in order to satisfy FELA’s fault-based requirements. In other words, to prove fault, you must prove negligence.
One of the challenges with FELA cases is that railroad companies want to avoid going to court at all costs, making it essential to have a lawyer who can skillfully negotiate a mutually beneficial agreement that maximizes your settlement without having to go to trial.
Get Started on Your FELA Claim
To increase your chances of maximizing your compensation, you must get started on your case right away. When you do, our Atlanta FELA railroad injury attorney can closely evaluate your situation to identify negligence and fault to the highest extent possible before strategizing an effective plan of action on your behalf. It is crucial to hire an experienced legal team to ensure that you can recover maximum compensation for your injuries. If you have sustained injury on the job or as a result of the work you do on the railroad that resulted in medical treatment, lost time from work, or disability and pain, our Atlanta railroad injury FELA lawyers are here to combat your employer’s lawyers to help you secure the money you are owed.
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