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New York City Railway Coupling Injury Lawyers

If you or a loved one have been injured in a railcar coupling accident while on the job, you may be entitled to financial compensation. Coupling railcars can be hazardous when automatic mechanisms and systems fail, or when they are defective or improperly maintained. Railroad employers are required under the Federal Employers Liability Act (FELA) to maintain reasonably safe working conditions for their employees. If they fail to uphold that duty, and such a failure led to your injury, you may be able to recover compensation.

Working with a legal advocate will help you maximize your compensation after being injured in a coupling accident. At Hach & Rose, LLP we can build a strong case on your behalf and help deliver a favorable outcome. Our firm has the experience and knowledge required to take on the large railroad companies and their teams of lawyers. If you have been injured in a railway coupling accident, call us at (212) 779-0057, or fill out one of our online forms, to schedule a free consultation today.

What is FELA?

The Federal Employers Liability Act (FELA) protects workers and compensates them for injuries suffered on the job. Working on railcars, you are subjected to dangerous conditions, especially when coupling equipment fails. Rail workers are put at great risk every time they clock in, so safety must be prioritized. When safety is pushed aside or regulations are ignored, accidents occur.

Under FELA, rail workers injured in a coupling accident can sue their employers for financial compensation if it can be proven that negligence lead to the injury. FELA is a federal statute, based on comparative negligence laws, so even if your own actions contributed to your injury in some way, you can still seek compensation through a FELA lawsuit. These lawsuits can lead to the payment of sizable settlements when handled by experienced lawyers.

Why do I Need a Lawyer After a Railway Coupling Injury?

Bringing a successful suit under FELA requires that negligence can be proven. While this may not seem so difficult, building a case requires deep knowledge of both federal and state laws, and all the regulations railroad companies must follow. Proving negligence requires that four things are shown:

  • Your employer had a legal obligation to maintain safety standards.
  • Your employer failed to uphold their legal obligation.
  • The employer’s failure caused an injury.
  • The injury was a direct result of the negligent actions.

Proving all of the necessary elements to show that your employer’s negligence led to your coupling injury must be done in order to win a FELA case.

Why Should I Choose Hach & Rose, LLP?

At Hach & Rose, LLP, we take FELA cases very seriously, as we firmly believe in fighting for workers’ rights. We believe that no one should face financial hardship after being injured through their employer’s negligence. Our team can build the case required to prove your employer let you down in their most important duty – keeping you safe. We understand your pain and can help you recover the compensation you and your loved ones deserve.

Our firm is dedicated to helping accident victims. With decades of service and over $300 million recovered for our clients, we’ve built a reputation of quality and success. One of our founding partners, Michael Rose, has spent his entire career fighting for accident victims and has become one of the most trusted names in New York City law. Michael has been honored for his work by being selected to the New York Super Lawyers list every year from 2013 through 2019, and being featured in New York Magazine’s Top-Rated Lawyers in the New York Area. Mr. Rose has the kind of experience that can greatly serve you in your case. If you have been injured, we can help.

Common Coupling Injuries and Causes

Coupling injuries can occur after an accident on the job or through a cumulative effect. Certain workers are more vulnerable to suffering coupling injuries:

  • Brakemen
  • Porters
  • Switchmen
  • Attendants
  • Engineers
  • Conductors

While anyone working around a train is subject to certain risks, these specific workers are susceptible to some of the most horrific injuries that could be suffered in the railyard. When something goes wrong, those who are tasked with coupling and uncoupling train cars may suffer severe injuries, including:

  • Internal injuries
  • Crushed limbs
  • Brain and spinal cord injuries
  • Severed fingers/limbs
  • Sprains and breaks

Some coupling injuries will have immediate, relentless symptoms, while others have symptoms that develop over time. If you are involved in any accident while coupling or uncoupling a train car, seek immediate medical attention. You may be experiencing delayed symptoms, such as:

  • Limited range of motion
  • Loss of feeling/sensation
  • Spasms
  • Exaggerated reflexes
  • Pain or stinging sensation

These symptoms may indicate that a coupling injury has occurred. After seeking medical attention, reach out to a legal representative as soon as you are able. Working with a lawyer can help determine who is liable for your injury and whether or not a lawsuit under FELA is appropriate.

FELA v. Workers’ Compensation

Workers’ compensation is an employer-provided insurance policy that will help injured workers get medical treatment and replace a percentage of wages lost after an injury accident. Workers’ compensation benefits can help cover some crucial costs, but recovering them does not mean your employer takes any legal responsibility. FELA lawsuits allow for injured workers to seek damages including:

  • Lost wages
  • Medical expenses
  • Pain and suffering
  • Mental anguish

FELA lawsuits afford injured parties the ability to present their case before a jury, and can lead to much higher awards than what a worker might recoup through workers’ compensation.

Contact a FELA Railway Coupling Injury Lawyer Today

As a rail worker, your employer is legally bound to ensure your work environment is safe, the equipment you use is functioning properly, and that you receive proper training and supervision. Failure to uphold any of these duties can make the railroad company legally responsible when injuries occur. Our team can help you claim the compensation you deserve and can guide you to the recovery resources you need. If you have been injured in a coupling accident, contact our New York City FELA injury attorneys today at (212) 779-0057 or fill out one of our online forms.

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