Corpus Christi Railroad Injury Lawyers
Providing Aggressive Representation in Nueces County & Beyond
At Bandas Law Firm, P.C., we are an experienced team of personal injury
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. Whether you are a railroad worker who was injured
on the job or the surviving family member of someone who was killed at
a railroad crossing, our firm can help you pursue justice and the fair
recovery you are owed.
Call us today at (361) 238-2789 or
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Railroad Worker Injuries
If you are a railroad worker who was injured during a railroad accident,
you may be able to file a lawsuit and get compensation for your injuries.
Signed more than 100 years ago in 1908, the Federal Employees Liability
Act (FELA), protects railroad employees who suffer work-related injuries.
According to this act, if a railroad worker is injured or killed, the
worker or his/her 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 railroad accident attorney
because you will still need to prove liability.
Our Corpus Christi railroad worker injury attorneys can help you determine
if you qualify to take advantage of this government law.
Proving Liability in Railroad Accident Claims
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 railroad injury attorney on
your side to look out for your rights.
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, including 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, you will likely be able
to prove liability. However, finding the proper information and documentation
can be difficult. For this reason, contacting an experienced attorney
is a must.
Contact Bandas Law Firm, P.C. for a free case evaluation; call (361) 238-2789.
Railroad Crossing Accidents: What You Need to Know
States across the country have made a lot of progress reducing railroad
crossing accidents and injuries. From 2004 to 2013, the number of accidents
decreased from 3,085 to 2,096. The number of fatalities also decreased
from 371 to 281 people. Despite these efforts, there are still thousands
of accidents every year. Sometimes these accidents are preventable and
are due to negligence on the part of the railroad company or a conductor.
In these situations, the injured parties may be entitled to compensation.
If you were injured in a railroad crossing accident, contact our Corpus
Christi railroad crossing accident attorneys right away. We can help you
evaluate the case and decide on your next steps.
Train & Vehicle Collisions
Many of the railroad crossing accidents that occur are between trains and
automobiles. These accidents can cause a lot of damage, destroying the
automobile, damaging the train, and causing serious injury or death. These
accidents typically happen at grade crossings. Grade crossings are areas
where automobiles cross directly over the railroad tracks instead of over
or under them, and they are where most railroad crossing accidents occur.
If you were involved in this type of accident, an attorney can help you
evaluate who was liable and advise you if you should pursue a lawsuit.
Drivers who were trying to beat a train may not be able to win a lawsuit
because the court may find that their negligence or recklessness contributed
to the collision. However, there are also situations where the railroad
company or the train conductor is liable. For example, if the conductor
was very tired or under the influence of alcohol, he/she may be at fault.
If the railroad crossing arms were malfunctioning and didn’t alert
the driver that a train was coming, that might also mean the driver is
entitled to compensation.
The most dangerous types of railroad accidents are between pedestrians
and trains. These accidents result in the most serious of injuries and,
often, death. If your loved one was killed in a pedestrian-train accident,
you may be able to file a wrongful death suit. You will have to establish
that the train company had a duty of care, violated that duty, and that
the violation or negligent act caused the death of your family member.
This may be a very difficult case to argue and win, but a lawyer experienced
in railroad crossing accidents can help you collect evidence and make
Compensation in Railroad Accident Claims
When you have an attorney go to bat for you and look after your best interests,
you will be able to pursue compensation for a variety of damages, 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, 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 Bandas Law Firm, P.C. today. We have experienced
Corpus Christi railroad injury 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. One of
our attorneys will begin evaluating your case to determine the best way
to move forward.
These accidents are often tragic and life-changing. The injuries sustained
after colliding with a train are very serious and require expensive medical
care. It’s very important that you have proper representation in
these situations so that you can get the help you need to pay current
and future medical bills, as well as to make up for lost wages.
Contact us online or by phone at (361) 238-2789 today for a free, no-obligation