Railroad Injuries – FELA
Railroad employee injuries are frequently catastrophic. Railroad employees risk injury from multiple sources including:
- Moving trains
- Heavy machinery
- Mechanical switches and levers
- Cargo that contains toxic, explosive or flammable chemicals
- Yard conditions that cause repetitive injuries due to ballast and other safety hazards
Recovery for injuries sustained by railroad workers is usually based on the Federal Employer’s Liability Act (FELA). However, other Federal laws, such as the Federal Safety Appliance Act (FSAA) and the Locomotive Inspection Act (LIA) may be involved as well (see our railroad blog).
Who We Are
Matt Darby leads our railroad injury practice group. He has been appointed designated Legal Counsel for the United Transportation Union and the Brotherhood of Railroad Signalmen. Matt has extensive experience representing railroad employees in Maryland, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York and Massachusetts.
Matt has litigated numerous railroad cases, many resulting in verdicts in excess of a million dollars. Matt has also enjoyed extensive success at the Appellate level, protecting verdicts and establishing a body of law favorable to railroad employees.
How We Handle Employee Railroad Injury Cases
You will be interviewed by a member of our railroad practice group. Our railroad practice group attorneys will remain responsible to you, and in communication with you, throughout the case. We also utilize paralegals and investigators, working under the direction of your attorney, to assist you.
- Gather relevant medical records, medical bills and lost wage information
- Contact relevant witnesses
- Perform site inspections as appropriate
- Retain experts as needed and
- Maintain contact with you
Once your medical treatment is completed, we will prepare a settlement demand and attempt to negotiate an appropriate resolution of your case. Unfortunately, the settlement offered may not be enough to fairly compensate you. In that case, we turn to the litigation phase of your case.
Cases may be litigated in State or Federal Courts. A Judge presides, but a jury awards damages. They are generally hard fought by the Railroad Companies such as Amtrak, CSX, and Norfolk Southern. We are familiar with their tactics and we possess the resources and experience to win.
We Look Forward To Helping You
You can contact us by filling out the form on the upper right side of this page or calling us at 800-827-2667. For more information we invite you to view our railroad blog.