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As an employee who works on the nation’s railroads, you understand how important it is to take safety seriously. If the company that owns and operates the railroad you’re working on doesn’t share the same safety priorities as you, it can lead to serious concerns. While many train crashes are caused by human and mechanical errors, railroad companies can also be found liable for injuries. If you believe you were injured due to the negligence of the company, you’ll need to contact an experienced FELA lawyer to fight for the compensation you are likely entitled to.

How Can Railroad Companies Be Negligent?

Unfortunately, there are a number of ways in which the railroad company that owns the trains and tracks can be negligent, which can lead to catastrophic injuries or, in some cases, death.
Many accidents occur due to a general corporate culture of putting profits over people. Using old, outdated equipment instead of new technology and machinery, because many companies do not want to make the costly investment to switch over. Failure to upgrade and maintain trains, parts, and technology can have costly and tragic results.

Similarly, pushing people to unrealistic time goals, having unsafely low staffing, or failing to provide the necessary training to its staff, it can lead to serious injury. Ensuring all employees receive the proper training and any necessary equipment to safely perform their job duties is essential. Unfortunately, many companies try to cut corners and believe skipping or diluting training will save them time and money in the long run.

What Should I Do as an Injured Employee?

If you are an employee who was injured while working on the railways, the first thing you should do is seek medical attention for the injuries you sustained. Even if they do not seem severe immediately after the incident happens, it is in your best interest to see a doctor.

Next, you’ll want to contact an experienced railroad accident attorney as soon as possible. It is likely that the company will send a claims adjuster to speak with you following your accident, and ensuring you have an attorney’s advice on how to proceed is crucial. While you may think any personal injury attorney will suffice, they may not be as familiar with FELA and other regulations surrounding railroad injuries.

In many instances, you may accidentally say something or agree with a leading question that clears the railroad of responsibility for the injuries you sustained, meaning you will not receive compensation under the Federal Employers Liability Act. As such, it is imperative to consult an attorney.

At Doran & Murphy, our goal is to represent those who have suffered at the hands of negligent parties. Contact our firm today to learn how we can help fight for your right to compensation while you focus on healing the injuries you’ve endured. Reach out today to schedule a free consultation with an experienced member of our legal team.