Each year, thousands of railroad workers suffer serious injuries in railroad accidents, derailments, chemical spills, asbestos exposure, diesel exhaust fume exposure, and other disasters. If you find yourself in this situation, contact our law firm today to discuss your legal options. Shapiro, Appleton & Washburn is a nationally recognized and respected railroad injury firms. In fact, we are rated as a Tier 1 "Best Law Firm" for railroad worker injury law by U.S. News & World Report (since 2010). We have represented clients in complex injury and wrongful death lawsuits involving large railroads like CSX, Norfolk Southern, Amtrak, Burlington Northern, etc.
Leaders in Railroad Injury Law
Firm partner Richard N. Shapiro has twice served as Chair of the Railroad Law Section of nation's largest trial lawyers association, specifically the American Association for Justice. In addition, Rick is the co-author of a legal treatise on railroad law titled, Railroad Health and Safety; a Litigators Guide. Both Rick and Randy Appleton are recognized as national authorities on railroad worker injury law possessing in-depth knowledge of the FELA statute. In fact, both Rick and Randy possess more than 50 years of combined legal experience to each railroad injury or railroad disease case. Both attorneys have handled hundreds of railroad injury cases throughout the eastern United States and achieved results for numerous clients.
Overview of the Federal Employers Liability Act (FELA)
The Federal Employers’ Liability Act (FELA) is a law passed by the federal government in 1908. The objective of this legislation is to protect railroad employees injured in railroad accidents. The law gives engineers, brakemen, switchmen and other railroad employees the right to sue for on-the-job injuries in state or federal courts. Over the years the railroad law has been strengthened, both by Congress and U.S. Supreme Court decisions, to provide real protection to injured railroad employees.
The FELA is different from other laws, such as state worker’s compensation laws and state automobile personal injury laws. Damages are based on your individual loss, including lost wages (past, present and future), pain and suffering and loss of enjoyment of life. However, in order to win your case and recover under the FELA, you need to show some negligence by the railroad caused your injury. Essentially, you need to show that the railroad failed to provide a reasonably safe place to work.
Because the FELA is unique, if you or someone close to you is involved in railroad accidents or rr crossing accident, including carpal tunnel and cumulative trauma injuries, it is extremely important to consult with an attorney who knows the ins-and-outs of FELA and has extensive experience in railroad litigation. The FELA provides every railroad worker with the right to sue in state or federal court, however you are in control of the major decision-making in each case. After discussing your options with an experienced attorney, you can decide to accept a railroad settlement offer, make a different proposal, or go to trial.
The firm also has extensive experience representing clients in actions under the Federal Safety Appliance Act (FSAA) and the Locomotive Inspection Act (LIA), which are related federal laws designed to protect the safety of railroad workers and to supplement the broader protections offered by the FELA.
Contact a Railroad Injury Law Firm Today
If you or a loved one was injured while working for a railroad company, or you were diagnosed with cancer after spending your career with a railroad company, contact our railroad injury & railroad cancer law firm today. Why? Because we know railroad law. We know how to thoroughly investigate your railroad accident, preserve evidence, deal with the railroad, get you the medical care you need, make sure all the necessary accident reports are filed, protect you from harassment and intimidation and advise you at every step. We will work hard to make sure you are compensated fully and fairly.
Call us, toll free, 24 hours a day at 1-800-752-0042 or fill out a quick contact form. The law firm is proud to represent clients in FELA lawsuits, personal injury, wrongful death, products liability, car accidents, etc.
Testimonials from People Represented by Shapiro, Appleton & Washburn
I am so glad I hired this firm to handle my railroad case. I got referred to them by a fellow yardman and he said they were great. He was right. I worked with Rick and Randy and both were professional, courteous, and got results.
Written by: Sandy Moore
Shapiro, Appleton & Washburn
Date published: 09/14/2015
5 / 5 stars
Overall rating: ★★★★★ based on 14 reviews