Even in this technologically advanced age, railroads continue to play an important role in the United States. However, the ongoing popularity of the rail system comes at a price. Each year, thousands of railroad workers are injured or killed. Countless other drivers and passengers suffer harm or death where trains cross highways.
At the Virginia law firm of Cranwell & Moore P.L.C., we represent victims of railroad-related injuries and wrongful death. We also assist railroad workers in injury cases and railroad retirement disability claims. If you need assistance in any of these matters, call us to schedule a no-cost, no-obligation consultation: 540-904-1621 or toll free at 888-635-6304.
Railroad Highway Crossing Accidents
If someone is injured at a train crossing, he or she may be able to bring a lawsuit against the railroad for negligence. In general, trains have the right of way over vehicles, but the railroads are still responsible for exercising reasonable care at crossings. An experienced railroad law attorney can help determine whether the railroad may be at fault in your case.
Railroad Worker Injuries
The Federal Employers Liability Act (FELA) governs the liability of railroad employers for occupational diseases and other hazards encountered on the job. A railroad employer may be held liable for inadequate employee training, poor safety standards, improper equipment maintenance and other acts of negligence.
Usually a FELA case must be filed within three years of the date of the injury or the discovery of an industrial disease. Therefore, you should consult an attorney with experience in FELA litigation as soon as possible after a work-related accident.
Talk To A Virginia Railroad Worker Injury Lawyer
To learn more about whether you may have a valid railroad injury case, schedule a free initial consultation with one of our Roanoke railroad injury lawyers. Call our Roanoke, Virginia, office at 540-904-1621 or toll free at 888-635-6304. You can also contact Cranwell & Moore P.L.C. by email.