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Texas Railroad Injury Attorneys (FELA)

At the Bandas Law Firm, we are an experienced team of attorneys who have seen the damage and heartache that can be caused by railroad injuries. We also understand how often these injuries can happen and how they can occur. There are numerous different dangers that employees of the railroad system can be exposed to on a regular basis, but determining liability in these accidents can be very difficult. For that reason, when facing a railroad injury case, you will need an experienced attorney on your side to look out for your rights.

FELA

In 1908, a law was passed by congress called the Federal Employers Liability Act and it is designed to protect railroad workers and their rights in the face of injury. According to this act, if a railroad worker is injured or killed, then they or the family will have a path to compensation for the accident.

FELA is designed to protect almost every single person who works with the railroad, including those who don’t even work around trains. If you have a claim against FELA, then you can go directly to the employer or the railroad company. However, to ensure your rights are protected, it still makes sense to work with an experienced attorney. That’s because you will still need to prove liability.

Proving Liability

When it comes to railroad injuries, your attorney will need to prove liability. FELA doesn’t work the same as workers’ compensation, which is no fault. You will need to show that someone was negligent, and therefore liable for your injury. According to the law, people connected with the railroad industry are required to:

  • Ensure the work environment is safe within reason. This includes providing tools, equipment, and needed safety devices that are all in good working order.
  • Inspect work equipment and the environment regularly to ensure everything is in working order and free of hazards.
  • Provide training, assistance, evaluations, and help to ensure all employees can properly perform their job.
  • Provide workers safety from other workers.
  • Ensure all rules and regulations are enforced at all times.
  • Work to prevent unreasonable work quotas (drastic overtimes, etc)

If any of these areas were not covered properly, then you will be able to prove liability. However, finding the proper information and documentation can be difficult. For this reason, an experienced attorney is a must.

If you were injured at the workplace, then you need railroad injury attorneys. Contact the Bandas Law Firm for a free case evaluation.

Compensation Types

When you have an attorney go to bat for you and look after your best interests, you will be able to pursue compensation of a few different types, including: past and future loss of wages, past and future medical expenses, and past and future pain and suffering, which includes mental distress.

If you are a surviving loved one and your family member died due to a railroad accident, then FELA protects your rights as well. Compensation can go to a surviving spouse, surviving children, or surviving parents.

In the event that you have been involved in a railroad injury and you need to file a FELA claim, contact the Bandas Law Firm today. We have experienced attorneys who know how to navigate the FELA laws and ensure you are properly compensated for your injuries. When you contact us, we will provide you with a free case evaluation. Fill out our online form so that we can get in touch with you. Of course, if you would prefer, you can also call us at 855-427-3332. One of our attorneys will begin evaluating your case to determine the best way to move forward.

Resources:

http://injury.findlaw.com/workers-compensation/railroad-worker-injuries-fela-overview.html

 

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