Traveling by train in Connecticut and throughout the nation remains a popular form of vehicular navigation. A successful train operation includes the people behind the scenes who work long hours and put forth much effort to maintain locomotive safety and efficiency. When railroad worker injuries occur due to accidents on the tracks or in some other aspect of the industry, it’s important for injured employees to know where to turn for help.
Many railroad accidents involve people being hit by moving vehicles or falling off railroad cars onto the tracks beneath them. There are also many injuries associated with the various types of heavy machinery and equipment used to perform service and maintenance on train systems. As with any type of personal injury, the most important thing to do immediately following an accident is seek appropriate medical attention.
Beyond that, however, is often a complicated process that workers must pursue to report their injuries. The Federal Employers Liability Act gives injured railroad workers the right to file personal injury claims against their employers if they believe they were in some way negligent in connection with their injuries. This is a main difference between FELA and workers’ compensation, where employers are typically protected from personal liability regarding work-related accidents.
Cahill & Perry, P.C., Attorneys at Law, are experienced in addressing both traumatic railroad worker injuries and occupational injuries that develop over extended periods of time. If you’ve been injured in a Connecticut railroad accident or work environment, you may request a consultation with our legal team to discuss how to go about filing a personal injury claim. We can guide you through the entire process and act on your behalf in any litigation that ensues.