Railroad accidents can mean financial ruin and emotional distress in addition to the trials of physical pain and recovery. Cahill Goetsch & Perry, P.C. is a railroad injury law firm with offices conveniently located in Boston, MA, New Haven, CT, and New York, NY. Our railroad attorneys are experienced in representing victims of train or railyard-related accidents and their families. We will take assertive action to see your case through to a successful settlement.
Types of Railroad Injuries
There are two main types of railroad accidents, traumatic and occupational.
Traumatic Railroad Injuries and Accidents
Traumatic accidental railroad injuries are usually the result of a train crash or a sudden malfunction of railroad equipment, premises, or procedures. Injuries resulting from a railroad accident can be severe, and include burns, cuts, and broken bones, as well as damage to the spine, hands, arms, shoulders, hips, knees, ankles, and even amputations.
Occupational Railroad Injuries
Occupational injuries, unlike accidental injuries, can be the physical results of years of performing tasks on the job that can be dangerous to your health. In terms of railroad employees, occupational injuries often include carpal tunnel syndrome, or mesothelioma or other types of cancer caused by exposure to dangerous chemicals or toxins such as asbestos. The Federal Employers' Liability Act, passed in 1908, is designed to encourage safer working conditions for railroad workers by shifting the responsibility for employee injuries from the individual to the employer. Under FELA, employees who have been hurt from working on the railroads can file a lawsuit to be compensated for their injury. You can read more about the process of filing a FELA lawsuit in Boston.
Whether your injury was accidental or occupational, you as a railroad employee should not have to pay for the negligence of your employer. Our railroad lawyers know how to secure your entitled benefits using FELA legislation.