New York Electrocution FELA Attorneys
Several trains in the New York City area have third rails between the rails of tracks that provide electric power to trains, and it is not uncommon for a railroad worker to possibly be electrocuted while working on one of these lines. An electrical shock injury is often sudden and jarring, and victims can frequently sustain severe and potentially fatal injuries.
Injured railroad workers are not eligible for the traditional workers’ compensation claims, but they can be compensated through the Federal Employers’ Liability Act (FELA), which is the federal law protecting railroad workers injured on the job. One significant difference between workers’ compensation and FELA is that the former is no-fault, while the latter requires proof of some negligence by an employer.
If you suffered severe injuries or your loved one was killed in an electrocution accident on a railroad in the New York City area, you will want to be quick to seek legal representation for help determining your best course of action. An experienced personal injury lawyer is going to be able to help you recover all of the compensation you are entitled to.
Hach & Rose, LLP has a record of success in railroad accident cases that includes $925,000 recovered for an Amtrak electric line person who fell off a ladder and a $670,000 jury verdict for an engineer injured in a train collision. You can have us assess all of your legal options when you call (212) 779-0057 or contact us online to set up a free consultation.
Do I Need An Electrocution Lawyer?
One of the significant challenges for any person attempting to handle a FELA claim on their own will be proving that an employer was somehow negligent, and many individuals who attempt to manage their claims are unable to recover anything because of this challenge. The first reason you will want to have an attorney handling your case is that they will be able to conduct an independent investigation into the electrocution.
A lawyer will not only determine how the electrocution occurred, but they will also be able to get all of the evidence needed to prove another party’s negligence. The attorney could also determine if there are additional parties who may be liable for your injuries.
It will be important for you to have a lawyer before you speak to any insurance company because many insurers will go out of their way to make it seem as though they are concerned about and you and wanting to make sure that you are taken care of. You must never forget that all insurance companies are businesses, and they make money by paying as little as possible to resolve injury claims, including your own claim.
A lawyer who handles your case will only recommend actions that are in your best interests. This will mean that an attorney will only accept a settlement offer that truly covers all of your past, present, and future expenses, but they may also file a lawsuit when it is needed to get justice.
Why Choose Hach & Rose, LLP To Handle My Electrocution Case?
Hach & Rose, LLP has a record of success that includes more than $300 million in verdicts and settlements. We earned four of the top 100 results for personal injury claims, as reported by the New York Jury Verdict Reporter in 2010 and 2011, as well as the highest reported jury verdict in the State of New York for a construction accident case in 2012.
Stanley J. Spero was named one of the Top 100 Trial Lawyers by both the National Trial Lawyers and the National Association of Trial Lawyers in 2017 and also received an AV Preeminent rating from Martindale-Hubbell. He is a member of the American Bar Association, Massachusetts Bar Association, and American Association for Justice.
Hillary M. Nappi is a member of the Westchester County Bar Association, New York State Bar Association, and American Bar Association. Michael A. Rose has also been rated AV-Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell and was inducted as a Lifetime Charter Member of Rue Ratings’ Best Attorneys of America.
In addition to being an officer of the New York State Trial Lawyers Association, Halina Radchenko is also a member of the Columbian Lawyers Association, New York County Lawyers Association, New York State Bar Association, Brooklyn Bar Association, and Brooklyn Women’s Bar Association. John A. Blyth is a member of the New York State Trial Lawyers Association and New York City Bar Association.
You should also know that Hach & Rose, LLP will handle your case on a contingency fee basis. This simply means that you will only pay when you receive a financial award.
Types of Electrocution Cases We Handle
Railroad workers can suffer electrocution injuries for a variety of reasons. Some of the most common causes include:
- Electrical wiring or equipment issues
- Contact with overhead power lines
- Machinery or appliance issues
- Arc flashes
- Fires or explosions
The causes of electrocutions are not always immediately apparent, which underscores the importance of having an attorney conduct a thorough investigation. You will want to get real answers as to what happened and who can be held responsible.
Electrocutions can cause many different kinds of injuries and possible symptoms, including:
- Burn injuries
- Vertigo (dizziness)
- Arm numbness or weakness
- Tinnitus (ringing in the ears)
- Breathing problems, lung failure, or shortness of breath
- Vision or hearing problems
- Changes in consciousness
- Heart palpitations
- Chest pain
- Muscle aches or spasms
When a railroad worker is killed because of electrocution, the family could be able to file a wrongful death lawsuit. The right of action in a wrongful death case is usually granted to the deceased person’s legal representative, and a civil wrongful death action is for the benefit of the deceased person’s beneficiaries.
Contact an Electrocution Attorney in New York
Did you sustain severe injuries, or was your loved one killed in an electrocution accident on a railroad in New York City? Do not wait to contact Hach & Rose, LLP. Our New York FELA lawyers have nearly four decades of experience helping people navigate complex FELA claims like these. Call (212) 779-0057 or contact us online to take advantage of a free consultation.