New York Third Rail and Catenary Injury FELA Lawyers
If you have suffered injuries through contact with electrical third rails or catenary lines, you may be entitled to financial compensation. As a railroad worker, you are under tremendous pressure to add to the growing train and light rail lines sprawling across our city and the country.
Intensive expansion efforts, along with hazardous working conditions, have maintained the importance of the Federal Employers Liability Act (FELA). Designed to protect workers, FELA has enabled injured railroaders greater rights in their efforts to recover compensation
Here at Hach & Rose, LLP, one of our founding partners, Mark Glen Sokoloff, is a council member with the independent Railway Supervisors Association (IRSA). His experience and in-depth knowledge of federal railroad laws and regulations have led to the recovery of millions of dollars on behalf of our clients, and we can do the same for you. To begin working with the very best in New York City law, contact us today at (212) 779-0057, or fill out one of our online forms if you have been injured in a third rail or catenary accident.
Why do I Need a Lawyer After a Third Rail or Catenary Injury?
Recovering compensation under FELA requires specific litigation experience, as your case may be heard in either a federal or a state court. Along with an understanding of federal and state laws, a knowledgeable FELA lawyer will be accustomed to dealing with the rules and regulations that a company may have violated. Working with a lawyer who understands your work environment, and is familiar with the injuries you may be facing, can make the recovery process much easier.
The right legal advocate will gather the evidence necessary to obtain the most favorable outcome possible. The railroad company behind your injury will make tireless defensive efforts to prove their innocence, and a regular personal injury lawyer will be unable to build a case strong enough to overcome their attempts. To recover full and fair compensation, you’ll need to work with a skilled FELA lawyer.
Why Should I Choose Hach & Rose, LLP?
Hach & Rose, LLP is one of the most trusted names in New York City law. Our team has decades of experience handling railroad injury cases, and we understand what must be done to deliver the results you deserve. We fight tirelessly to protect injured workers here in New York City. Our team has recovered over $300 million in verdicts and settlements for our clients. We know how to deliver justice.
Along with building a solid case to cover your financial needs, we will also serve you in your physical and emotional recovery. Our team has been able to establish a network of advocates who can aid in your recovery. We can direct you to doctors, therapists, counselors, specialists, or any other experts who can help you heal peacefully. At Hach & Rose, LLP, we fight vigorously for injured railroaders, and if you have suffered an injury in a third rail or catenary accident on the job, we can help you too.
Electrocution Accidents and Injuries
Working around high voltage power supplied by catenary lines or a third rail can lead to injuries even for the most experienced railroaders. Unsafe conditions often play an important role when workers are electrocuted. Electrocutions on the job can be caused by:
- Contact with exposed wiring
- Electric arcs from power lines
- Contact with the third rail
The severity of electrocution will vary. Some who come into contact with live currents may experience only a small, harmless shock, while others suffer debilitating, life-long injuries. If you, a coworker, or a loved one are displaying any symptoms of electrocution, seek medical attention right away. Symptoms may include:
- Loss of consciousness
- Respiratory issues
- Heart irregularities/palpitations
- Sensation issues
- Broken bones
If you have come in contact with the third rail or catenary lines, these symptoms may be signs that a serious electrocution injury has occurred. Exposure to high voltage can do tremendous damage to the body and may lead to:
- Tissue/nerve/muscle damage
- Cardiac arrest
- Thermal burns
Any injury suffered as a result of electrocution is serious and must be treated medically. You may be facing a long recovery after suffering injuries caused by negligence. If your employer failed to follow safety rules and regulations, and that failure led to your injury, you may be able to bring a lawsuit under FELA.
What is FELA?
FELA is a legal doctrine designed to regulate things like work environments, training standards, safety inspections, and worker supervision. Employers must uphold their duty of reasonable safety standards in these areas to protect workers. If they fail to do so, and that failure leads to an employee injury, the employer may be held financially liable.
A lawsuit may be brought under FELA statutes when an employee believes negligence played a part in their injury. FELA relies on the doctrine of comparative negligence, meaning that each party involved in the accident will be assigned a percentage of the blame. If the court rules that the injured party was 10% responsible for their accident, they can then collect up to 10% of the potential compensation.
Compensation for Third Rail and Catenary Injuries
Compensation in FELA cases can be substantially higher than what may be recovered through a workers’ compensation claim. An injured worker may recover a large settlement or verdict through a jury trial. Recoverable damages may include:
- Lost wages
- Medical expenses
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
Pursuing compensation under FELA doctrine is likely your legal right if you have suffered a third rail or catenary wire injury. Consult an attorney as soon as you can to discuss your options for recovering the compensation you deserve.
Contact a FELA Third Rail Injury Lawyer Today
You or your loved one may be dealing with severe injuries after coming into contact with a third rail or catenary line while on the job. If your employer was negligent in maintaining safe work conditions in any way, they could be held liable for your injuries. The team at Hach & Rose, LLP is here to help you bring a FELA case against your employer and maximize your compensation. If you have been injured in a third rail or catenary line accident, contact a New York City FELA injury attorney today at (212) 779-0057, or fill out one of our online forms.