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Railroad accidents like this one prompt serious safety questions

Connecticut railroad workers entrust their safety to their employers, co-workers, advanced technological systems and their own instincts. Sadly, railroad accidents involving track workers are often attributed to negligence. Nearly all of these work accidents are preventable. 

A man in another state had worked for the same railroad company for 10 years. He was performing maintenance on a section of tracks recently when a terrible accident occurred. The worker, who is a husband and father of three young children, was hit by a train, just after 10 a.m. on a Friday.

Sadly, the man did not survive. A railroad spokesperson said a full investigation is underway. He also noted that worker safety is the company's highest priority and that losing an employee this way is difficult for all railroad officials and workers alike. The Federal Employers Liability Act protects workers who suffer injury when an employer fails in the obligation to maintain safety in the workplace.

Investigators who inspect the scenes of railroad accidents often find clues that help them determine exactly what or who may have caused tragedy to strike. There is no way to replace the loss of a human life. However, a spouse or other immediate family member of a deceased accident victim may be entitled to seek financial recovery for losses that are physical, emotional or economic by definition. Such compensation often helps families cover medical costs, funeral expenses and lost household wages; an experienced railroad litigation attorney can provide guidance and support to anyone in Connecticut who wishes to file a claim.

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