Portland Railroad Worker Accident Attorney
Setting You on the Road to Recovery
Working on railroads can be a dangerous job, but that doesn’t mean you deserve to be injured, especially due to the negligence of your employer or third party. In a railway accident statistic from the Office of Safety within the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA), over the past 10 years there have been more than 113,000 railroad accidents. Of those accidents, 77,705 resulted in non-fatal injuries and 6,989 resulted in fatalities. If you or someone you love has been injured in an Oregon train accident as a railroad worker, it’s recommended you act quickly and hire an attorney who can seek the compensation you deserve to recover. Our Portland railroad worker accident attorney is on the side of workers, and has recovered tens of millions of dollars for clients who have gone on to lead improved lives. At the Law Offices of Timothy Grabe, your well-being is our priority.
Contact our team online or by phone at 971-645-7176 to schedule your free case evaluation today.
What to Do After a Railroad Injury
After you’ve been injured on the job, there are important steps you must take to secure your rights to compensation. After an accident, you should first seek medical attention for your injuries before you do anything else.
Next steps include:
- Calling your union representative to report the accident to your employer
- Taking photos and documenting everything you recall from your accident
- Gather witness statements, if any
- Avoid speaking to insurance companies or anyone working at your railroad company
- Schedule your free consultation with our attorney, who can begin build your case strategy
What is FELA?
Railroad workers aren’t covered by states’ workers’ compensation programs but are instead governed by the Federal Employers Liability Act (FELA) and overseen by the Railroad Retirement Board. FELA was originally created to protect railroad workers from being held liable for accidents and injuries that weren’t their fault by requiring railroad common carriers to hold responsibility. However, in order to receive compensation, injured railroad workers must prove the company’s negligence. This is why it’s important for injured railroad workers to hire an attorney who can gather the evidence needed to prove negligence on the part of railway companies.
Under FELA, railroad workers are eligible to hold their employers liable for the following forms of negligence:
- Lack of safety inspections
- Faulty equipment or tools
- Unsafe work conditions
- Defective safety devices
- Unreasonable work quotas
- Inadequate training or supervision
- Safety hazards in the workplace
- Poor enforcement of safety regulations
- Intentional acts of harm by other workers
FELA allows workers to seek full compensation for damages they’ve accrued after their accident, including medical expenses such as surgeries, hospital stays, and prescription medications, lost income from having to miss days and sometimes weeks and months of work, pain and suffering, and other losses.
However, railroad companies often dispute employee FELA claims. Our railroad worker attorney can handle your FELA claim and use our resources to achieve your desired results.
Common Railroad Worker Injuries
FELA covers all types of work-related injuries as well as occupational illnesses within the railroad industry.
Common injury claims we’ve worked with include:
- Brain injuries
- Cumulative trauma injuries
- Injuries caused by dangerous or defective products
- Broken bones
- Fall-related injuries
- Back, neck, and shoulder injuries
- Repetitive stress injuries
- Exposure to industrial chemicals
- Exposure to asbestos
While it may feel daunting to file a claim against your railroad company, our attorney has no problem with defending your legal rights. You deserve to be compensated for your pain and suffering, especially because it was caused by another party’s recklessness. The sooner you call our team, the sooner we can resolve your issue and help you achieve peace of mind.
Get started on your claim by calling our Portland railroad worker lawyer at 971-645-7176.