Railroad Injuries

About Railroad Injuries

Experienced FELA Attorney

Railroad injuries can have a devastating effect on the life of the victim, from the physical and emotional trauma of the accident to the outrageously expensive medical bills for emergency treatment and recovery. The railroader is usually forced out of work for a period ranging from weeks to months or even permanently, placing his family's future at risk. If the railroad company's negligence is a cause of the incident, you are entitled to compensation under the Federal Employers' Liability Act (FELA). You deserve a settlement to cover all your expenses from the accident, your present and future lost wages and your pain and suffering.

The Law Offices of Martin E. Jackson represents injured railroad workers and their families nationwide, and has recovered more than $50 million for people in your position. Marty Jackson has over a quarter century of experience as a railroad injury lawyer, and he looks forward to helping you with your claim.

Recovering Compensation
You have a legal right to file a lawsuit against the railroad company if your accident was caused by your employer's negligence. For some claims, you can expect a satisfactory result on your own, but it is often necessary to retain legal representation to recover a settlement in the amount that the injury is truly worth.

Railroad Retirement Board Disability Benefits
Railroad workers are not eligible for Social Security Disability benefits but they have their own equivalent coverage through the Railroad Retirement Board. If you become ill or are injured on the job, you may qualify to receive sickness benefits, an occupational disability annuity or a total disability annuity to replace your income.

Traumatic Railroad Personal Injuries
Railroad workers are exposed to danger every day, and serious injuries such as burns, broken bones, concussions and loss of limb are a common occurrence. If your injury has left you with expensive medical bills and forced you out of work, it is vital to take action towards recovering a claim.

Permanent Disabilities

If a medical doctor has verified that your illness or injury will make it impossible for you to continue at work, you may be entitled to disability benefits or monetary damages against your employer. A permanent disability will force you out of your profession and may make it impossible for you to earn a substantial income elsewhere. An attorney can help you pursue a settlement.

Wrongful Death
Under the FELA, a railroad company is required to take precautions against accidents and provide a safe workplace. If employer negligence caused or contributed to the death of a family member, you may be able to file a wrongful death lawsuit to recover compensation for lost income in the present and future, as well as pain and suffering before death.

Occupational Diseases
Railroad workers are generally predisposed to certain types of injuries and illnesses due to the nature of the job and environmental hazards of the workplace. Asbestos exposure, benzene exposure, welding fumes and chemical solvents can lead to serious long term health complications. If you suffer from mesothelioma, lung disease, hearing loss or cancer, you may be entitled to compensation.

Whistleblower Lawsuits
Railroad companies are prohibited by law from harassing or retaliating against employees who report their injuries or make claims under the FELA. If you have been subjected to unlawful treatment or forced to work under unsafe conditions, an attorney may be able to help you file a whistleblower lawsuit to bring justice and recover monetary damages.

Grade Crossing Accidents
When the negligence of a car or truck driver results in an accident at a railroad grade crossing, injured members of the train crew have rights to recover compensation. This is also true when the accident was caused by another employee of the company who was not acting as a crew member.

Trucking Accidents
Commercial truck drivers who cause collisions and other types of accidents with trains are legally liable for the accident. If you were injured, you may be able to recover a settlement from the trucking company to compensate you for your medical expenses, lost income and pain and suffering.

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