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New York Federal Employers Liability Act (FELA) Lawyers

Tremendous railroad expansion coupled with intensified risks for railroad workers culminated in Congress passing the Federal Employers Liability Act (FELA). Unlike workers’ compensation, FELA allows railroad employees and their families to sue employers for negligence causing work injuries and death.

Because railroads are an interstate transportation industry and FELA is a federal law, courts hear cases at both the federal and state levels. The New York FELA attorneys at Hach & Rose, LLP effectively pursue FELA cases on behalf of our clients in New York and nationwide. To discuss your situation in further detail with one of our experienced railroad attorneys, contact us today at (212) 779-0057.

Mark Glen Sokoloff has been representing railroad workers for over 25 years for personal injury. the Federal Employers Liability Act (FELA) claims, as well as wrongful discharge. Mr. Sokoloff is currently designated union counsel for the independent Railway Supervisors Association (IRSA) . He has been responsible for injured workers recovering millions of dollars by both jury verdict and settlement. Mr. Sokoloff has launched his Railroad union law blog called RailRoad Ties, with informative articles on employee rights under both federal law and within respective collective bargaining contracts. Click here: https://railroadaccidentcounsel.com

Michael Rose has spent his entire career representing accident victims. He has tried numerous cases to verdict and settled many claims resulting in tens of millions of dollars in recovery for clients. Many of these cases have resulted in seven-figure jury verdicts and settlements. During a recent six-month time span, Mr. Rose tried three cases; each independently resulted in a seven-figure jury verdict. In both 2010 and 2011 he was responsible for securing four of the top one hundred personal injury results in the State of New York for personal injury claims as reported by the New York Jury Verdict Reporter, In 2012 he was responsible for securing the largest jury verdict in the State of New York for Construction Site Accidents as reported by the New York Jury Verdict Reported. This jury verdict was in excess of thirteen million dollars.

Experienced FELA Representation for Union Members

Hach & Rose, LLP has extensive experience fighting for union members and their families. We represent railroad workers employed by the Long Island Railroad (LIRR), Amtrak, Metro North, Chessie Seaboard Expanded (CSX), New Jersey Transit, Consolidated Rail Corporation (Conrail), and other railways.
Our FELA attorneys are also designated counsel for the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers Local Lodge 754 and the Independent Railroad Supervisors Union (IRSA).
Train accidents in New York and throughout the United States occur for a variety of reasons, and at Hach & Rose, LLP we are ready to take on cases involving:

Whether your injury occurred because of one of the above-listed reasons or not, do not hesitate to contact us today to discuss your situation.

Our Recent Fela Results

  • Mr. Sokoloff was involved in drafting the first New York State Agent Orange Complaint on behalf of Consolidated Rail Conductor, Paul Reutershaun, which led to an eventual $750,000,000 product liability settlement
  • $1,400,000 — Jury verdict for master mechanic at Richmond Hill Yard injured when a shuttle wagon failed and sustained neck injury with surgery.
  • $925,000 – For Amtrak electric line person who fell off a ladder
  • $825,000 – For LIRR Car Appearance Maintainer injured as a result of a blue flag violation, train moved while climbing coach car
  • $670,000 – Jury verdict for an engineer injured in train collision
  • $500,000 – Settlement for a train crew as a result of a train derailment due to flooding in Oyster Bay, NY
  • $500,000 — For a man who tripped and fell on railroad property with arm injury.
  • $450,000 – For a Metro North conductor who was injured due to a derailment in Cos Cob, Connecticut
  • $425,000 – For LIRR Engineer who twisted his ankle on ballast, unsafe walkway
  • $350,000 – Jury verdict for an engineer as a result of a train derailment in Jamaica, Queens, NY
  • $300,000 – For Amtrak Hostler injured lumbar spine on unsafe track switch
  • $300,000 — For a machinist injured at the Stamford, Connecticut Yard Repair Shop.
  • $300,000 — For Long Island Railroad conductor who fell through an unsafe gap between the train and the platform.
  • $250,000 – For a General Foreman injured in shop when a Nose of a Diesel fell on him
  • $190,000 – For a Machinist whose hand was caught in railroad truck changing springs
  • $150,000 – For a conductor suffering from reflex sympathetic dystrophy/compartmental pain syndrome injured as a result of a rough track in the LIC yard
  • $50,000 – Settlement for a railroad worker who lost hearing due to exposure to noise at the LIRR Hillside Facility violating OSHA standards

We have over three decades of experience handling FELA and FRSA matters in New York. We are active members of the Academy of Rail Labor Attorneys and routinely handle all types of cases for injured railroad workers. Our commitment to each and every client is to aggressively pursue the maximum case value allowed by the FELA and FRSA laws.

  • Amtrak (National Rail Passenger Corp. or NRPC)
  • CSX Railroad (CSX Rail)
  • Metro-North Commuter Railroad (Metro-North Railroad or MN RR)
  • New Jersey Transit (NJ Transit Rail)
  • Long Island Railroad (LIRR)
  • Port Authority Trans-Hudson (PATH or PATH Rail)
  • Union Pacific Railroad

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Forty Years of Railroad Union Service

Mark Glen Sokoloff began a career in Railroad Labor Law and FELA in 1977 as an Associate and then a Partner in the firm of O’Hagan & Reilly.

Over this period of time Mr. Sokoloff’s firm was designated Union Counsel to the Carman Union, The U.T.U., IAWS, and IRSA, an independent union of Supervisors, Sokoloff formed twenty-two years ago.

Since 1977, Mr. Sokoloff has represented most crafts on railroads across the country including Machinists, Foremen, Conductors, Engineers, Hostlers, Carmen, Car Inspectors, Plumbers, Switch Operators, Master Mechanics, Wrecking Crews, Catenary Linemen, Laborers, Flagmen and BRAC Employees.

Mr. Sokoloff filed the Second Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals case of Bates vs. LIRR which established railroad union worker civil rights under the A.D.A.; a precursor to the present-day U.S. Railway Safety Act.

Sokoloff’s mentor was Anthony D’Avanzo who first obtained the benefits railroaders enjoy today, including pensions, sick time and disabled accident benefits.

Mr. Sokoloff joined the Labor Law firm of Hach & Rose LLP in 2008 in order to head up the FELA/Railroad injury department.

Contact Us

For the representation you need for your railroad injury case, contact the diligent New York Railroad accident lawyers of Hach & Rose, LLP today by calling (212) 779-0057

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Verdicts & Settlements

  • $13,000,000 - Jury verdict obtained on behalf of an injured union painter who fell from a ladder and sustained a traumatic brain injury.
  • $3,525,000 - For construction supervisor who fell form a makeshift ladder injuring his back.
  • $8,000,000 - Jury verdict obtained for the victim of a motorcycle accident.

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