The attorneys of Emroch & Kilduff represent railroad workers for on-the-job injuries under a law called the Federal Employers’ Liability Act, commonly referred to as FELA. This law applies equally to railroads throughout the country, and allows us to file a suit on behalf of our clients in federal or state court. When decided in a courtroom, FELA provides monetary payouts for damages based on comparative negligence rather than according to a pre-determined benefits schedule under workers’ compensation.
The railroad industry remains an extremely dangerous sector of work, especially for signal, switch and brake operators. In earlier decades, many suits filed under FELA involved toxic and hazardous solvent exposure. While the railroad industry is becoming safer in all aspects, there are still an estimated 8 fatalities a year for railroad workers.
The personal injury attorneys at Emroch & Kilduff also represent clients who are not employees of railroads, but who are hurt in railroad crossing and other railroad-related accidents. There are several types of railroad accidents. Train to car collisions are the most common accidents. The second is a train to person collision. A train can derail off the tracks and cause damage to nearby people or property. Trains can also derail and collide with other trains. If it is a passenger train, more serious injuries can occur. All of these can cause significant bodily harm and damage to property.
The United States Department of Transportation reports that there are nearly 5,800 train crashes involving motor vehicles every year. The majority of these incidents happen at railroad intersections. A railroad crossing accident is reported to occur every 90 minutes and they result in 1,000 deaths a year.
The personal injury attorneys at Emroch & Kilduff understand the complexity of railroad-related accidents, whether you are aboard a train, a driver of a vehicle, or a railway worker. We can offer support during a time of emotional stress and physical weakness, and we can help you to recover monetary compensation and even seek punitive damages. Contact one of our experienced personal injury attorneys today for representation if you or a loved one has been involved in a railroad-related accident.