Under the Federal Employers Liability Act, or FELA, railroad workers who are not covered under regular workers’ compensation plans can seek compensation for injuries they suffer while on the job. One common site of railroad worker injuries is passenger trains, which pose a unique set of safety hazards due to issues like improper train maintenance or insufficient track upkeep. If commuter railway companies ignore safety protocol, they can be held accountable for their negligence under FELA.
After accidents caused by train company negligence, commuters are normally permitted to seek compensation through personal injury lawsuits. However, it’s important for railway employees to recognize that they also have the legal right to pursue compensation under FELA. For more information about your rights and options if your employer’s negligence has caused you to suffer an injury, contact a railroad accident attorney from Hach & Rose, LLP, today by calling (212) 779-0057.
Types of Commuter Train-Related Accidents
A railway employee injured in a fall involving a commuter train may be eligible to file for compensation from his or her employer if the company failed to take the proper safety precautions in preventing the accident. The following accidents may occur because of a lack of adequate safety measures:
- Falls on unsafe floors, stairways, or ramps at a station
- Falls on trains, often caused by unmaintained train cars or conductor errors
- Gap falls
These fall dangers may be blamed on a negligent commuter railway company, leaving the business liable for injury costs to both commuters and employees.
If your employer’s mistakes have left you facing a fall-related railroad injury, you may be entitled to pursue compensation through a FELA claim. To learn more about how we can guide you through this potentially complex process, contact a knowledgeable lawyer from Hach & Rose, LLP, today at (212) 779-0057.