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Railroad Worker Injuries

If you're a railroad worker and you have been injured, you may be entitled to damages under Federal Employers' Liability Act (FELA).  For over 100 years FELA has protected railroad workers injured or killed while in the service of the Railroad.  It enables a railroad worker to sue his/her employer for injuries that are the result of the employer’s or a coworker’s negligence.

FELA also sets the health and safety standards that railroads, rail yards, and other rail-related businesses and workplaces must meet. It requires all common carriers by rail and any employer involved in the management and operation of the business of a railroad to provide workers with reasonably safe work environments. Over the last several years, the Supreme Court of the United States has reaffirmed the strength of FELA recognizing that railroads are responsible for injuries if the railroad's negligence played any part, no matter how slight, in causing a worker’s injury.

FELA is a highly specialized area of the law and you need a lawyer who has the experience fighting to recover for FELA injuries.  O'Dwyer & Bernstien is that law firm.

RAILROAD EMPLOYER DUTIES

Under FELA, railroad employers have a duty to:

  • Provide a reasonably safe work environment with adequate equipment, appropriate tools, and safety devices
  • Inspect the work environment to ensure it is hazard free
  • Provide adequate training and supervision to employees
  • Enforce safety rules and regulations specified in FELA
  • Ensure workers have reasonable work quotas

If you or a loved one are a railroad worker and were injured because of any negligence, contact our FELA lawyers today about moving forward with a FELA claim. Under this type of claim, you must prove only that your employer was slightly negligent and this negligence played some role, even small, in causing your injuries. There are many ways that your employer could have been negligent in failing to provide a safe work environment or engaging in unsafe work practices.

DAMAGES AND COMPENSATION

Under FELA, you are eligible to recover money damages for past and future medical costs, wage loss, physical pain, mental anguish and loss of enjoyment of life.

YOU MUST ACT QUICKLY

Be aware that FELA cases have a three (3) year Statute of Limitations which requires you to bring your case to court within three (3) years of an injury that is sustained at work.  If you fail to do so, your claim could be barred forever. If you are injured, you should immediately consult with an experienced FELA attorney counsel to protect your rights. Contact O’Dwyer & Bernstien immediately at (212) 571-7100.

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“When I got hurt in a traffic accident while riding my bike in New York City, my friend suggested I speak to O’Dwyer & Bernstien. Upon my initial phone conversation with a lawyer from the firm I was impressed by his courtesy, quick return phone calls and concise explanation of the legal tactics available to me. After meeting face to face with him, I decided immediately to retain O’Dwyer & Bernstien to represent me in my personal injury case. I was very happy with my attorney and with the outcome of my case. I highly recommend O’Dwyer & Bernstien to anyone seeking legal representation.”

“When I got hurt in a traffic accident while riding my bike in New York City, my friend suggested I speak to O’Dwyer & Bernstien. Upon my initial phone conversation with a lawyer from the firm I was impressed by his courtesy, quick return phone calls and concise explanation of the legal tactics available to me. After meeting face to face with him, I decided immediately to retain O’Dwyer & Bernstien to represent me in my personal injury case. I was very happy with my attorney and with the outcome of my case. I highly recommend O’Dwyer & Bernstien to anyone seeking legal representation.”

“I retained O’Dwyer & Bernstien on the recommendation of a friend. I was immediately impressed by the firm’s experience and reputation in personal injury law. From the start, my ODB attorney walked me through the process, answered all my questions, explained everything clearly, kept me updated regularly and always promptly returned my telephone calls and emails. My attorney was knowledgeable, professional, courteous and diligent. My case moved through the court system quickly. As trial neared, the insurance company saw that my attorney was experienced and thoroughly prepared to try my case to verdict. As a result, the insurance company caved and settled my case for the full limits of the insurance policy. I love my ODB attorney!”

“When I was hurt on the job I had nowhere to turn for help. I had been working as an electrician’s helper, but my boss was not insured and he had no license to do electrical work. I had just had a new baby girl and Con Ed was going to shut off my lights. A friend told me to call O’Dwyer & Bernstien. They took action right away and got great money for my case. ODB helped me get my life back on track. I will always be grateful.”