Railroad Injury & Disability Attorneys Serving Roanoke, Virginia
A Trusted Law Firm for Railroad Injury Claims
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 when trains cross highways.
At the Virginia law firm of Cranwell & Moore P.L.C., Attorneys at Law, 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.
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.
Suppose you or someone in your family has been injured due to the negligence of a railroad, common carrier, or other transportation company. In that case, you may be able to file a claim to recover your damages. We handle train accidents and railroad worker injuries involving:
Rail crossing injuries
Poorly maintained tracks
Noncompliance with safety standards
Inadequate security and other negligence issues
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. You can also contact Cranwell & Moore P.L.C., Attorneys at Law by email.
Strong Advocates for Railroad Workers
Unlike most U.S. employees, railroad workers are not covered by Social Security. They are covered by a separate federal agency, the Railroad Retirement Board, which is responsible for providing disability and retirement benefits.
The attorneys at Cranwell & Moore P.L.C., Attorneys at Law have extensive experience representing railroad workers. Our Virginia law firm has helped countless workers apply for Railroad Retirement Board benefits. If you already applied for disability benefits and were denied, our lawyers can also help you pursue an appeal. Learn more in a no-cost, no-obligation consultation.
Disability Benefits for Railroad Workers
If a railroad worker becomes disabled and unable to work before reaching retirement age, the Railroad Retirement Board can offer disability benefits. To qualify for a total disability award, he or she must have had at least 10 years of credible railroad service and be permanently disabled from all work.
The Railroad Retirement Board can also award occupational disability benefits if the railroad employee has at least 20 years of railroad service and is permanently disabled from his or her “regular railroad occupation.” In addition, the Railroad Retirement Board offers sickness benefits for employees who are temporarily out of work due to an illness or injury.
Talk to A Virginia Railroad Disability Claims Lawyer
If you have questions concerning Railroad Retirement Board disability benefits, arrange a free initial consultation with one of our Roanoke railroad retirement disability lawyers. Call our Roanoke, Virginia, office. You can also contact Cranwell & Moore P.L.C., Attorneys at Law by email.