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Thursday, April 15, 2021

Our Lawyers Help Injured Railroad Workers on Long Island Recover Just Compensation

Workers in the railroad industry face many risks on a daily basis. According to the Federal Railroad Administration, there are more than 11,000 railroad accidents in the U.S. each year, many of which result in serious and fatal injuries for railroad employees.

If you’ve been injured or a loved one has been killed on the job on Long Island, you could be entitled to various forms of financial compensation. State and federal workers’ compensation laws protect railroad workers in different occupations, and there are other disability programs that pay benefits to injured workers and their families as well. Depending on what happened, you could also have a personal injury or wrongful death claim. If that is the case, an attorney at Turley Redmond & Rosasco, L.L.P. can help you seek full compensation for the financial and non-financial costs of your injury or your loved one’s death.

Common Causes of Railroad Accidents

Railroad workers on Long Island can suffer serious and fatal injuries due to a wide variety of causes. Although far more people ride on trains than work on trains, more than a third of all railroad-related injuries are suffered by railroad employees.

All types of railroad accidents can entitle employees and their families to just compensation. This includes accidents involving causes such as:

  • Being hit by a train or other moving object
  • Derailments and collisions
  • Electrocutions, fires and explosions
  • Falling in gaps between train cars or between trains and platforms
  • Inadequate railroad safety protocols
  • Railroad or co-worker negligence
  • Slip-and-fall and trip-and-fall accidents
  • Tools, equipment and train malfunctions

Common Injuries in Railroad Accidents

All types of accidents can leave railroad workers suffering from painful, disabling and disfiguring injuries. Sadly, many types of railroad accidents also have the potential to be fatal. At Turley Redmond & Rosasco, L.L.P., we help railroad workers and their families seek just compensation for injuries, including:

  • Back injuries (including injuries resulting in full or partial paralysis)
  • Burns from fires, explosions and contact with high-temperature objects
  • Fatal injuries
  • Fractured and dislocated bones
  • Loss of digits and limbs (including injuries requiring amputation)
  • Loss of hearing or eyesight
  • Nerve damage
  • Repetitive stress injuries (including injuries to the knees, lower back, shoulders, elbows, and wrists)
  • Soft tissue injuries (including muscle, ligament and tendon injuries)
  • Traumatic brain injuries (including concussions and post-concussion syndrome)

What To Do After a Railroad Accident on Long Island

If you have been severely injured or lost a loved one in a railroad accident – including an accident involving the Long Island Railroad, Metro North, Amtrak or JFK Airtrain – it is up to you to make sure you and your family receive just compensation. With this in mind, there are some steps you should try to take right away.

After railroad accidents on Long Island, railroad workers and their families should:

1. Consult with a Long Island Railroad Accident Lawyer

Protecting your legal rights after a railroad accident is complicated, and there are many steps involved. As a result, it is important that you consult with a Long Island railroad accident lawyer as soon as possible.

2. Seek Medical Treatment as Necessary

You should seek medical treatment; and, if you don’t know where to go, your lawyer can refer you to an appropriate specialist on Long Island.

3. Take Notes and Keep Records

To file a successful claim, you will need as much information as possible. While your lawyer will conduct a comprehensive investigation, you should also take notes and keep all records you receive that are related to your (or your loved one’s) accident.

4. Follow Through with All Necessary Medical Treatment

Following your doctor’s advice is extremely important after a traumatic accident. Take the time you need to recover and do everything you can to make sure you heal as fully as possible.

5. Not Accept Payment Until You Know How Much You Can Recover

When you have a railroad accident claim, you must be certain that you are not settling too soon. Your lawyer will be able to calculate your losses accurately and help you decide when (and if) to settle.

FAQs: Railroad Workers’ Rights on Long Island

Can Railroad Workers File for Workers’ Compensation Benefits in New York?

Yes, railroad workers on Long Island can file for workers’ compensation benefits. Depending on the specific circumstances involved, this might include filing a claim under New York’s workers’ compensation law, or it might involve filing a claim under the Federal Employers Liability Act (FELA).

What Other Compensation is Available to Injured Railroad Workers?

In addition to workers’ compensation, many railroad workers and families can also file claims for personal injury, premises liability, product liability, and wrongful death. In many cases, railroad workers and families can also file for Social Security disability insurance (SSDI) benefits.

Do I Need to Hire a Lawyer to Help Me?

Hiring a lawyer is one of the most important steps you can take after a serious or fatal railroad accident on Long Island. While you have clear legal rights, you will face many challenges when asserting these rights, and entrusting your case to an experienced lawyer is the best thing you can do for yourself and your family.

How Much Can a Lawyer Help Me Recover?

To determine how much our lawyers can help you recover, we will need to review the details of your case. Every railroad accident case is different, and the amount you and your family can recover will depend on the specific circumstances involved in your (or your loved one’s) accident. While we have secured substantial settlements and verdicts for many of our clients, we won’t be able to assess your claim until we know exactly what happened and who is to blame.

Let’s Talk about Your Case – Schedule a Free Consultation Now

To find out how much you can recover, schedule a free, no-obligation consultation with a Long Island railroad accident attorney at Turley Redmond & Rosasco, L.L.P. Call 516-745-5666 or contact us online today. 

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