Railroad Worker Injury Attorneys in Boston
Have you been injured in a railroad accident?
Railroad workers put themselves at risk on the job every day due to the tough and dangerous conditions in the rail yard. There are multiple occupational hazards that exist for railroad workers who are subjected to long strenuous hours on the job all while enduring challenging physical labor. Railroad workers on average suffer twice the fatality rate compared to the average American worker.
If you or a loved one suffers from railroad accident injury due to unsafe work conditions, call the experienced Massachusetts railroad accident injury lawyers at the Attorney Injury Group at 617-934-7000 for help. We will investigate your accident and injury claim, and work to seek the justice and the compensation you deserve.
Our experienced railroad injury lawyers in Boston will fight to make sure that you receive the best medical treatment and help get those injured the compensation they deserve following an accident. We will make sure to hold the negligent party accountable and will fight for you.
Railroad employees and their families are not allowed to collect workers’ compensation benefits. If injured while on the job they are required to pursue a compensation claim through the Federal Employers Liability Act (FELA).
FELA was passed by Congress in 1908 before there were even laws in place regarding workers’ compensation. The main goal was to make it too expensive for railroads to cover expenses for workers’ injuries in hopes that they would protect their workers from being injured to avoid these expenses. Under FELA there is no monetary limitation on compensation.
Even though injury and fatality rates have plummeted since then, it is still a serious problem railroad workers are faced with today. At the Attorney Injury Group, our experienced team of Boston railroad injury lawyers will help you get the compensation you deserve.
Railroad Worker Hazards
Each year thousands of railroad workers a killed and even more are injured while on the job. There are many common causes of railroading worker’s fatalities including:
- Construction injuries
- Highway crashes not involving trains
- Pedestrian workers struck by railway vehicle
- Pedestrian workers struck by vehicle
- Railway accidents (including falls in, on or from railway vehicles)
- Transportation accidents
A majority of these deaths occurred on either railway lines, in railway yards or in similar areas.
There are eight regional offices that are nationally responsible for conducting safety inspections and enforce compliance through the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Railroad Administration, including:
- Accident and employee death investigations and reports
- Equipment safety
- Hazardous materials
- Operating practices
- Railroad safety and customer training
- Train and signal control
- Track maintenance
These inspection offices are unfortunately spread thin resulting in workers to continue to get seriously injured on the job.
Advantages of FELA
Since 1939, courtesy of an amendment that was passed, FELA covers a majority of railroad employees including everyone from clerical workers to conductors.
This law might exempt injured railway workers from being able to pursue workers’ compensation benefits, but FELA grants employers who have been injured to pursue compensation through federal or local state courts.
There are pros and cons to this for injured workers. Under FELA one must simply show proof that they sustained injuries in whole or in part to the negligence of the railroads, thus lowering workers proof burden. The flip side to this is if workers covered under FELA hold even the slightest degree of liability for their injuries, they are required to show the railroad contributed to the accident or illness.
A standard of absolute liability is posed by Congress if an injured worker can show the railroad violated a safety regulation or statute; injured workers or families no longer have to prove negligence.
The statute of limitations on all FELA cases is three years, if you or a loved one was injured, contact the Attorney Injury Group immediately to make sure you meet the time frame required to file.
The Attorney Injury Group will fight aggressively to protect your rights. If you or a loved one were injured in a railroad accident call the experienced railroad accident attorneys at the Attorney Injury Group for help. Call us today at 617-934-7000 for a FREE, confidential consultation. When you call our experienced Massachusetts railroad employee injury lawyers, we will investigate every detail of your accident at no cost to you.
At the Attorney Injury Group, you will never pay an attorney’s fee up front and we don’t get paid until you do. Call today to learn how we may be able to help.
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