- Hundreds of thousands of Americans are railroad workers;
- Railroad workers get hurt more than other workers;
- Thousands of railroad workers die every year from work-related injuries or illnesses; and
- The costs of work-related injuries and illnesses for railroad workers far dwarfs their salaries.
FELA Case Facts
Take a look at some important facts about railroad accidents and FELA cases that might relate to your Illinois claim:
- Railroad employees die on the job about twice as much as other employees.
- There are over 200,000 railroad workers in the American workforce.
- Typical salary of a railroad employee is around $50,000 but they generate nearly six times that much in revenue for their employer.
- Railroad workers, train conductors, and train engineers are injured on the job at a greater rate than the national average.
- Typical railroad accidents result from collisions with other trains/vehicles, train derailments, trespassing, intersections, human error, train crossing defects, and equipment malfunction.
- Typical injuries that railroad employees suffer include: broken bones, crushing, tissue damage, spinal damage, burns, brain/face damage, disfigurement, and other short and long-term disabilities.
- Over the last five years, railroad worker deaths have declined across the country.
- The rate of injury or illness due to work for railroad employees is around 2%.
- More than 3,000 train/railroad accidents occur every year.
- More than 1,000 people die from train/railroad accidents every year.
- Railroad workers face a higher risk of serious injuries and illnesses such as asbestos exposure and mesothelioma.
- Illinois has over 8,000 miles of railroad tracks and thousands of train workers.
For more info, click http://safetydata.fra.dot.gov/OfficeofSafety/default.aspx
How Do You Turn A Railroad Accident Into A Railroad Lawsuit?
Lots of people ask us about the mechanics of filing a FELA claim in federal court. They want to know about the steps they need to take in order to secure recovery for the injuries that they sustained while working as a railroad employee. Before mentioning any specific thing that you must do, you should remember that they all must be done with urgency because the statute of limitations bars FELA cases brought three years after the underlying incident. Therefore, before this time period has expired, you need to conduct sufficient investigation and analysis in order to draft and file a claim for relief in the appropriate court. Then, you must be responsive in discovery to the other side’s request for information and materials. Finally, you need to present your version of the events at trial through evidence and witnesses well enough to convince a jury that you are entitled to relief. This broad summary of your requirements overviews the pre-trial and trials phases of any FELA lawsuit but there are many other things that you must do. To get a complete understanding of all these demands, contact our offices and speak with someone from the Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers.
Want More Information After A Railroad Accident?
If you have been involved in a railroad accident at work, then call the Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers. Our team can answer all of your questions and make sure that you get the compensation that you need to move on and get back to work. Don’t wait. Contact us today!
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