As a railroader, you undoubtedly understand the inherent dangers of working for the railroad. Every year, countless Train & Railroad Accidents occur, including hundreds of deaths. In 1908, Congress passed the Federal Employers’ Liability Act (FELA), which specifically protects your right to financial compensation if you are injured on the job. The Clark Firm, LLP accepts railroad worker injury lawsuits from all railroad workers, including conductors, brakemen, locomotive engineers, signalmen, yardmasters, maintenance way workers, trainmen, and more.
Do I Have a Texas Railroad Worker Injury Lawsuit? Collen A. Clark is a true advocate for his clients and is passionate about helping Texans that have been injured or wronged. If you or a loved one has been injured while working for the railroad, you should contact our lawyers immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a Texas Railroad Worker Injury Lawsuit.
A railroad worker injury lawsuit is not the same as a normal personal injury lawsuit. Unlike no-fault worker’s compensation claims, a railroad worker must prove that the injury was caused by negligence on the part of the railroad company. As a railroad worker, your rights are specifically protected under the Federal Employers’ Liability Act (FELA). By law, a railroad company must uphold a “standard of duty.” They are legally obligated to provide the safest working environment that is possible. This means providing you with safety equipment, proper training, the right tool for the job, and enough workers to perform a task safely. They must inspect the workplace for hazards, fix problems, and enforce safety regulations. If their failure to do any of these things caused your injury, they could be held negligent.
Negligence is essentially the failure to do something that should have been done. A railroad company that is found negligent may be financially liable for injuries that were caused by its negligence.
If you file a Texas railroad injury lawsuit, your lawyer must prove that the railroad company was negligent. Even if it seems like the injury was your fault, the railroad company could still be held negligent. Maybe you slipped and fell. Perhaps you were forced to use unsafe equipment because the company did not provide you with safer equipment. Or maybe you suffered knee injuries while walking on unstable ballast in the railyard. All of these injuries could qualify you for significant financial compensation.
Railroad Worker Injuries
The Clark Firm, LLP is now accepting railroad worker injuries in all 50 states. Injuries may include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Loss of hearing
- Back, neck, or spinal injuries
- Heavy lifting injuries
- Broken bones
- Toxic chemical exposure
- Diesel fume illness (cancer, asthma, COPD, etc.)
- Slip and fall injuries
- Repetitive-motion injuries
- Head injuries (including concussions, skull fractures, intracranial bleeding, etc.)
- Ballast injuries
- Joint injuries (hip, knee, wrist, ankle, etc.)
If you are hurt on the job, it is essential that you report your injury to your supervisor, write an accident report if required to do so, and have witnesses write reports. This will help prove that your injury occurred on the job, and not outside the workplace. The report should include information about anything that caused your injury. You may need to see an independent physician. If so, keep track of all your medical bills. It is also essential that you keep track of other expenses — out-of-pocket expenses, lost income while you were unable to work, gas mileage, travel expenses, etc.
Contact a Texas Railroad Worker Injury Lawyer
You may be contacted by the railroad’s claim agent. They may try to pressure you into settling quickly. This may seem like an attractive option, especially if you are unable to work and you cannot afford to wait until a lawsuit concludes. Unfortunately, there is a risk that you may settle for less than what you really deserve. You may want to consider hiring an independent attorney to advocate for your rights.
Note: You are not required to hire a union attorney. In fact, you may prefer to hire an independent attorney, not affiliated with the union or railroad, to fight for your individual rights to compensation and justice.
It is essential that you act quickly. There is a statute of limitations for filing FELA cases. After the deadline passes, you are not eligible to file a lawsuit or receive compensation.
If you decide to file a Texas railroad worker injury lawsuit, you may receive compensation for the following injuries:
- Past and future pain and suffering
- Past and future medical expenses
- Past and future lost income
- Decreased quality of life
- Permanent disability
- And more
Do I have a Texas Railroad Worker Injury Lawsuit?
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