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 attorneys, contact us today at (212) 779-0057.
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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:
- Head-on train collisions
- Rail yard hazards
- Railroad crossing signal malfunction
- Platform gaps
- Falls involving commuters
- Improper line switching
- Excessive train speed
- Non-operational tracks
- Locomotive mechanical failures
- Boiler explosions
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.
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: http://railroadaccidentcounsel.com/.
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FELA Cases are Negligence-Based
Whether representing injury victims or their families in wrongful death cases, New York train accident lawyers must prove negligence on the part of the railroad company. Courts base FELA cases on comparative negligence laws, which means plaintiffs may recover damages even if the court assigns a fault percentage to the plaintiff. For example, if the court determines that the plaintiff was 60 percent at fault for causing the accident, the plaintiff can still recover 40 percent of the damage amounts claimed. Recoverable damages in FELA cases include:
- Lost wages (past, future, and insurance coverage)
- Medical costs (past and future treatment)
- Pain and suffering
- Mental distress
- Permanent injury
- Scarring or disfigurement
The statute of limitations for bringing legal action is three years from the accident date. However, the sooner you contact our FELA attorneys, the sooner we can provide you with legal advice, investigate the circumstances surrounding your accident, and protect your rights.
For the representation you need for your railroad injury case, contact the diligent New York injury lawyers of Hach & Rose, LLP, today by calling (212) 779-0057.