Frequently Asked Questions
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What are some safety tips to follow in railyards to avoid injury, and to make it more likely I could file a successful FELA claim in case of injury?
- Use all safety gear the railroad provides
- Only do tasks in the yard you are trained to do.
- Do not modify any tools you use
- Use ladders, handholds and stairs
- Always participate in safety briefings
- Never walk under suspended loads
- Make note of any damage to trains or locomotives and report this information to your supervisor
So, the railroad will try to show I was indifferent to safety rules and this caused my injury?
Yes. Showing railroad workers as indifferent to safety allows the rail company to avoid paying for worker injuries, even if the company engaged in bad safety practices. Railroad workers can protect themselves from having their FELA claim rejected by following basic rail yard safety tip?
I have been injured while working in a rail yard. What should I know about attempting to obtain compensation from my employer for my injuries?Our Virginia railroad injury attorneys have learned that rail corporations will try nearly any method to convince the jury that you inflicted harm on yourself by breaking safety rules. Major railroads such as Amtrak, CSX and Norfolk Southern know they only can be held liable under the Federal Employers Liability Act or FELA, if evidence is shown the company acted negligently.
What should I do if I lost a loved one in a motorcycle accident?A Virginia accident lawyer can review the accident at no charge. He can determine if negligence on the part of another party was a factor. If so, you may have a wrongful death case. You could demand compensation for pain and suffering, funeral expenses, loss of consortium and lost wages.
What is the difference in the injury rate between motorcycle and car crashes?Out of every 100k registered motorcycle accidents, more than 2000 have been hurt in crashes. Out of 100k registered car owners, only 700 have been in car accidents with injuries. You can reduce your chance of serious injury on a motorcycle by wearing bright colored clothing and always wearing a helmet.
What is the difference between the costs of medical treatments for motorcycle accidents compared to car accidents?One recent study found the cost is almost double. The lack of protection around the motorcyclist means there are is a much higher chance of severe injury. If you are injured in a motorcycle accident because of the negligence of another driver, you should speak to an experienced attorney immediately. You could have long-lasting injuries that could leave you with piles of medical bills and months of lost wages.
How does a person hit in a crosswalk by a driver obtain compensation?Usually the driver's liability insurance will cover the damages, if the driver is determined to have been negligent. Our attorneys request the maximum amount of coverage under the person's liability insurance. It also is possible to supplement that compensation with the injured party's underinsured motorist policy, if they have it.
What is the law in Virginia about drivers yielding to pedestrians in crosswalks?The law states simply that drivers must always yield to pedestrians in crosswalks. Pedestrians also have the right of way on streets where the speed limit is 35 MPH or lower.
How often can a pedestrian injured in crosswalk accident obtain compensation in a settlement?If the driver failed to yield to a pedestrian in a crosswalk and the person suffered an injury from that failure, there is potentially a strong case. Our Virginia personal injury attorneys settled a case in the state for $100,000 when a driver failed to see a pedestrian in a crosswalk in Norfolk. Another attorney said the pedestrian had no case, but this was certainly not true in this matter.
How can it be proven that a distracted driver contributed to my injury?As personal injury attorneys in Virginia, we can subpoena cell phone records in a car accident. If we can establish that a driver was illegally using a handheld device when the accident occurred, you could be entitled to compensation.