Railroad Worker Injury Attorney
Pursuing Justice for the Injured throughout the Nation
At Doran & Murphy, PLLC we offer a wealth of legal and trial experience
to railroad workers who have been hurt during the course of their employment.
Because of our stellar reputation at resolving these often complicated
cases, other law firms often refer their clients to us. For 20 years,
we have devoted our passion and energies to fighting for the rights of
those who have suffered traumatic injuries in all kinds of
railroad workplace accidents and scenarios. If you or someone you know has been injured in this way,
anywhere in the nation, we recommend that you contact the firm to arrange
for a free consultation with a
railroad injury lawyer at your earliest opportunity.
Railroad Worker Injuries
In our long history of representing railroad workers, we have won verdicts
and settlements for individuals who have been hurt in such situations as:
- A conductor who fell from a snow bank during an air brake inspection, herniating
a lumbar disc
- A machinist who suffered a knee injury when he tripped on a locomotive
- A conductor who injured his lower back while setting the handbrake on a
- A engineer who suffered a head injury during a derailment
- An engineer who sustained soft tissue cervical damage when a gondola car
struck his locomotive
- A conductor who suffered a knee injury when he slipped on iron ore pellets
in the railroad yard
- A conductor who was injured after falling on spilled oil on the locomotive steps
- A conductor who suffered a knee injury when ballast shifted under his foot
- A conductor injured while operating a railroad switch
The Law is on Your Side
Several statutes can be used in advocating your case by our law firm. Some
of the applicable laws which protect railroad workers include:
Federal Employers Liability Act: Congress enacted the Federal Employers Liability Act (FELA) to help railroad
workers seek compensation for injuries sustained by the negligence of
their employers. The FELA requires that railroads provide employees with
a reasonably safe place to work. They must also provide safe equipment,
proper tools, adequate training and assistance. If a railroad fails to
take these safety measures, or if an employee is injured through the carelessness
of another employee, the railroad is held responsible and an injured worker
is entitled to recover not only time or wages lost but is entitled to
be paid for all of his medical expenses, pain and suffering, and for any
permanent injuries. If a railroad worker is killed, his survivors are
entitled to recover all damages which have been suffered.
The FELA is not an absolute liability law. The fact that you are injured
while employed by the railroad does not guarantee recovery either through
settlement or through the courts. However, if you can prove a FELA claim,
you are then entitled to compensation.
A railroader is entitled to recover damages from his company under the
FELA if the following exists:
1. The railroad is engaged in any activity in interstate commerce (i.e.
it either crosses state lines or handles interstate freight).
2. The worker is injured as a result of the negligence or carelessness,
even in the slightest, of the railroad or any employee of the railroad,
or the injury is caused by any defect in the engines, cars, machinery,
track, or any other equipment of the railroad.
Generally, recovery is available under the FELA for an on-the-job injury
of a railroad employee during the course of his duties, including dead-heading
or traveling on behalf of the railroad, so long as the railroad failed
to provide a safe place to work.
Federal Safety Appliance Act: This law requires railroads to equip their railcars and locomotives with
properly working safety appliances, including handbrakes, automatic couplers,
secure grab irons, safe sill steps, and efficient power brakes.
Locomotive Inspection Act: This law was created in order to ensure that all locomotives being used
are safe without unnecessary danger of personal injury. When an unsafe
locomotive is not immediately removed from usage on the railroad, the
results can be catastrophic. We are familiar with this law and the hazards
that can occur when it is not adhered to.
Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) Regulations: The FRA was created in order to issue safety regulations to promote railroad
safety. Our attorneys are familiar with the FRA and what regulations they
have enacted to ensure the safety of all railroad workers.
Our Commitment to You
Our firm has earned an outstanding reputation for railroad injuries of
all types, as well as occupational diseases including
cancer and pulmonary diseases from
exposure to toxic substances, dusts and fumes (asbestos, sand, coal,
diesel exhausts, solvents and welding fumes).
A link has been made between diesel fumes, asbestos, sand dust (silica),
solvents and welding fumes exposure and many diseases of the lungs and
respiratory system. In addition, these exposures have been linked to certain
types of cancer (i.e.
mesothelioma, lung, throat, etc.) Railroad companies knew of these dangers to their
workers at least as far back as the 1930′s but failed to take any
action to protect their employees. Our firm has compiled extensive proof
of the railroad companies' negligence by not protecting employees
from the known dangers of these exposures. Our "position of strength"
negotiation ability is a result of our vast experience. In fact, other
FELA law firms often refer these types of cases to us because of our stellar
reputation at resolving them, despite their complicated nature.
That is why we recommend that you speak with a railroad worker injury lawyer
at our firm to discuss your case, the legal issues involved, and your
options for pursuing damages through a claim or lawsuit.
Contact a railroad worker injury attorneyat the firm for a free consultation today.