Are you a railroad worker who suffered an injury on the job? If you or someone you know was a victim of railroad employees’ or employers’ negligence, you must take proper legal action with the help of a North Carolina FELA railroad injury attorney.
Railroad workers are distinct from other employees because they are supported by the federal government. As such, railroad workers receive protection under the Federal Employers’ Liability Act (FELA), which excludes the typical state workers’ compensation statutes. Thus, railroad workers need trusted legal representation from attorneys who are deeply familiar with filing FELA claims and have hard-hitting litigation skills that can compel the government into settling for that you deserve.
Because railroad companies want to avoid going to court, we are confident in our ability to fight for a mutually beneficial settlement that maximizes your damages. Our firm believes that no injury on the job should be left unnoticed, therefore we will exhaust every strategy needed to help you achieve a favorable settlement and focus on your recovery.
Contact us at (404) 471-3999 to speak with a dedicated FELA railroad injury attorney in North Carolina.
Damages Under FELA
The monetary losses you suffered as a result of your injuries at work are called damages. You may get awarded damages to account for your losses if your FELA claim is successful. Economic and non-economic damages are the two categories of damages and concern different types of losses.
Economic losses are specific and measurable. They include lost wages, compensation for your medical bills, lost benefits, the inability to earn money or access profitable opportunities in the future and repair costs, among others. Non-economic damages cannot be measured. Examples are pain and suffering, the injury itself, loss of consortium, damage to your livelihood and the loss of enjoyment of your life.
Our North Carolina FELA claims attorney can conduct a comprehensive evaluation of your injuries, bills, losses and other factors that may help maximize your damages and achieve a satisfactory settlement as a result. We won’t settle for anything less than what you deserve and will exhaust every available option to work towards a favorable outcome on your behalf.
Types of Railroad Injuries
Railroad workers are exposed to various dangers at work and thus at risk of suffering serious injuries. Such hazards include:
- Vehicle-train accidents
- Pedestrian-train accidents
- Equipment malfunctions and accidents
- Slips and falls in, on or from trains
- Exposure to chemicals
As a result of working a high-risk job, railroad workers are prone to injuries including, but not limited to:
- Brain injuries
- Back and neck injuries
- Sprains and fractures
FELA Claims Process
Many railroad workers are not familiar with filing a FELA claim, which is a good thing. Our North Carolina FELA claims lawyers are here to help you get familiar with what you may expect. A general outline of the FELA claims process is as follows:seek medical attention.
Notify your railroad employer
- Ensure they create a formal report detailing your injury and
Document the accident scene as comprehensively as possible, as it will
be used as evidence when establishing negligence and fault
- Photos and videos
- Email exchanges regarding the incident
- Doctors notes and medical bills
- Witness reports
Hire an attorney
- A FELA claims lawyer may discuss a settlement with the responsible party or file a civil lawsuit in which the defendant will be required to respond within a certain number of days (typically three weeks)
- Both parties will exchange documents and information in a process called discovery
If a resolution has not yet been reached, both parties will either:
- Undergo an Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) in which they attempt to resolve the issues before going to trial
- Go to trial to present evidence, question witnesses and argue in favor of their respective client
A judge will decide the outcome of the trial (if both parties did not opt
for ADR) and settle the case
- Both parties may appeal the judge’s decision to a higher court
Contact our FELA Claims Attorney in NC
You need a legal representative who will champion your best interests at every stage of the FELA claims process. At ChancoSchiffer Law, LLC, our team will provide the legal counsel and guidance you need to understand the process and what your options are. Like yours, our goal is to help maximize your damages and reach a favorable settlement so you can focus on moving forward with your life.
Leave the litigation to the qualified professionals while you recover from your injuries. We encourage you to contact us at (404) 471-3999 as soon as possible to get started on your FELA claim in North Carolina!
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