Regardless of the nature of your Illinois Amtrak accident case, Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers is committed to providing you with the representation you need to make the fullest recovery possible. Our office is proud to be the law firm chosen by many Amtrak workers in need of representation following an injury on the job. Contact our office for a free review of your case.
Types of Workplace Injuries Sustained by Amtrak Employees
When working on a locomotive or on the rails, there are numerous hazards and ways that employees can place themselves in harm’s way. The sheer weight and power of the trains that employees are operating or working in the vicinity of makes the potential for catastrophic injury much greater and the types of injuries that employees may endure include the following.
- Exposure to toxic substances— operation of trains may place employees near toxic substances or fumes.
- Pinch point injuries— trains are comprised of multiple cars with many moving parts that are connected to one another such as couplings and brake lines and it is possible for employees to find themselves caught between these pinch points. Having a limb tangled in between or crushed by these parts can result in permanent injuries.
- Equipment malfunction— some injuries are not the fault of an employee but of a defective part or piece of equipment which fails to act as intended, causing an accident and bodily harm.
- Derailment or collisions with vehicles or other trains— these accidents prove to be the most destructive in terms of loss of life and damage to property and employees are as much the victims during a derailment or collision as the passengers.
- Poor safety training and lack of safety equipment— when working in such a dangerous environment, safety should always come first and it is important that workers receive adequate safety training and access to equipment that will minimize the risk of severe injuries.
Worker’s Compensation and Employee Rights Under FELA
Regardless of fault, all employees are entitled to receive benefits following an injury in the form of worker’s compensation. In addition, if it is determined that an accident was the result of employer negligence or the actions of another employee, victims may be entitled to additional compensation should worker’s compensation not be sufficient to meet their financial needs. When evaluating the compensation that victims are entitled to, factors such as medical costs, out of pocket expenses, loss of income, pain and suffering and loss of consortium are all considered prior to seeking damages to ensure that any settlement or ruling will cover their present and future needs.
If you’ve been injured on the job in an Illinois Amtrak train injury or your loved one was killed on the job, contact the Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers to learn more about your rights as an employee or family member. During a free consultation, you will be able to speak with an attorney concerning the details of your case so that we may begin our own investigation into the matter and begin to build your case. We will then review all of your legal options with you along with all possible avenues of collecting compensation. Should it be in your best interest to pursue legal action, we will let you know what you can expect, including how long the process will take and the potential value of your case.
Our lawyers will never ask for any payment upfront or at any point during the process until we’ve been able to collect for you and if for any reason we are unable to successfully secure compensation on your behalf, our time and services will come at no charge to you.