Railroad accidents can be overwhelming, physically and financially, for victims and their families. Cahill Goetsch & Perry, P.C. is a railroad injury law firm serving railroad accident victims in the Philadelphia area. Our attorneys are experienced in representing victims of train or railyard-related accidents and will take assertive action to see your case through to a successful settlement.
Types of Railroad Injury
Accidental and Occupational Railroad Injuries
Read below for information on the two main types of railroad accidents, occupational and accidental.
- Traumatic accidental injuries can occur after equipment malfunction or a train accident. Injuries resulting from a railroad accident can be severe, and include the possibility of damage to the spine, broken bones, dangerous burns, or even amputations. Victims can also suffer from partial or full paralysis.
- Occupational injuries are also common among railroad employees. This type of injury refers to the physical results of years of performing tasks on the job that can be dangerous to your health. In terms of railroad employees, examples of occupational injuries can include carpal tunnel syndrome, or cancer caused by exposure to dangerous chemicals or toxins such as asbestos. The Federal Employers' Liability Act, or FELA, is designed to encourage safer working conditions for railroad workers by shifting the responsibility for employee injuries onto the employer. Under the legislation, employees who have been hurt while working on a railroad can pursue litigation in order to be compensated for their injury.
Railroad workers should not suffer because of the negligence of their employers, and the railroad attorneys at our law firm can help you get the FELA award you deserve for your railyard injury, whether it is occupational or accidental.