With our over 45 years of experience fighting for injured railroad workers in New York and throughout the Northeast, the law firm of Cahill & Perry P.C. has an impressive track record for obtaining fair and just compensation for our clients and setting legal precedent.
To give railroad workers the right to recover damages for work-related injuries, Congress passed the Federal Employers Liability Act (FELA) in 1908. The FELA is designed to give railroads economic incentives to protect the health and safety of workers.
The FELA is a specialized type of compensation system for railroad workers injured on the job. FELA awards are decided by juries, and often exceed what is customary for state-run workers’ compensation. But under the FELA, the amount of damages is affected by comparative negligence, which means the percentage of negligence on the part of the employer versus the percentage of negligence by the worker.
Railroads will always look for ways to blame their workers for accidents in order to avoid paying them the full amount of their damages. This means injured workers or their surviving family members have to fight against powerful, wealthy railroad companies in order to gain their fair financial compensation.
Over the past three decades, our law firm has successfully represented many injured railroad workers who were not only put at risk on the job, but also disciplined or blamed for causing their own accidents.
For example, Metro-North Railroad blamed our client for causing an electrical explosion that resulted in severe burns. But we ultimately forced that New York-based rail company to admit that their negligence caused the accident and pay a substantial FELA settlement.
The following are other noteworthy FELA awards and New York FELA lawsuits we have obtained for our clients:
If you need to consult a FELA lawyer in New York, please give us a call at 800-576-0515 for a free confidential consultation. Also feel free to contact us through our online web form and a New York FELA attorney will respond within 24 hours.
If you are a railroad worker who has been injured on the job, you need a lawyer who understands the complicated FELA claims process. Find out how we can help you receive the compensation you deserve.