The railroad system provides reliable transportation for millions of Americans everyday and is a vital part of the nation’s infrastructure. However, careless maintenance and negligent train operation causes numerous serious train accidents every year. The Federal Railroad Administration reported that there were 11,624 railroad accidents in 2015. Of these, 764 resulted in fatalities.
Types of Train Accident Lawsuits
Nearly 9,000 people were injured in 2015 in railroad accidents. There are various types of negligent and unsafe conditions that can lead to these serious \accidents and injuries, such as:
- Improper/unsafe equipment
- Poorly maintained tracks and railroad crossings
- Railroad crossing collisions
- Mechanical and electrical failures
- Conductor negligence
- Fires and explosions
- Obstructions on the line
At Fiorentino Law Offices, our Chicago personal injury attorneys understand the devastation these serious accidents can have on you and your family. The Chicago train accident lawyers at Fiorentino Law Offices have experience representing victims of railroad and train accidents. If you or a loved one has been hurt, contact one of our Chicago injury lawyers to learn about your rights.
FELA Lawsuits for Injured Railroad Workers
The Federal Employers Liability Act (FELA) is a U.S. federal law that was enacted in 1908 to protect and compensate railroad workers injured on the job, if the worker can prove that the railroad was at least partly legally negligent in causing the injury. Prior to this law, there was no remedy for injured railroad workers.
Although the protection FELA offers for railroad workers is similar to the workers’ compensation insurance provided in other industries, unlike workers’ compensation, FELA is a fault based system. This means that, in order to make a recovery under FELA, the injured railroad worker must prove that the injury was caused in whole or in part by the negligence of a railroad employee, its agent or contractor, or from a faulty piece of equipment. However, if the worker is not found to be 100% at fault, he has the right to sue for damages in either a state or federal court, which is not an option for workers’ compensation claimants.
FELA covers more than just bodily injuries sustained from working for the railroad. Our Chicago FELA attorneys have handled cases involving with railroad employees injured by asbestos exposure, as well as repetitive stress and cumulative trauma injuries. In addition, FELA cases have played a significant role in establishing precedent for many tort law issues, such as emotional distress damages availability, damages allocation and standards for working conditions and employee safety.
The experienced Chicago train accident lawyers at Fiorentino Law Offices have fought hard for many injured railroad employees to get the maximum compensation they deserve under the Federal Employer’s Liability Act (FELA). Our Chicago injury lawyers have a great deal of experience with FELA cases. Contact one of our Chicago FELA attorneys today to answer any questions you may have.
All consultations are free, and we work on a contingent fee basis so there are no fees for our services unless we successfully resolve your case. Speak to a Chicago personal injury attorney now at 312-853-0050 or contact our Chicago train accident attorneys and Chicago FELA attorneys now.