Spanning 46 states, Amtrak, also known as The National Railroad Passenger Corporation, is one of the most extensive rail systems in the United States, with up to 300 trains operating per day. However, these trains could not run consistently and smoothly without the employees keeping these tracks and vehicles maintained. As such, it can be devastating to discover your time on the railroad has led to a cancer diagnosis. At Doran & Murphy, a dedicated Amtrak cancer lawyer can help you fight for the compensation you deserve when your employer’s negligence has led to your illness.
Cancer Lawyer | Fighting For Affected Amtrack Workers
With over 17,000 employees, Amtrak employees across the nation work tirelessly to keep passengers safe and trains moving on schedule. However, if your employer doesn’t take steps to keep you safe, you may come into contact with harmful materials and substances that leave you vulnerable to cancerous growths.
What Kind of Cancer Can Arise From Railroad Work?
Unfortunately, there are a significant number of cancers that those who work on the railroads can develop. These include, but are not limited to, the following:
You can also develop other work-related illnesses, like COPD, Pulmonary Fibrosis, and Scleroderma. At Doran & Murphy, our dedicated team can help you recover damages for any cancer or illness you’ve endured because of your employer.
How Does FELA Differ From Workers’ Compensation?
The Federal Employers’ Liability Act (FELA) is specifically designed for railroad employees. Unlike workers’ compensation, which allows workers to be compensated for any injuries sustained on the job, regardless of who was at fault, the FELA allows an employee the ability to sue their employer for negligence. To receive compensation, you must show that your employer was partially responsible for the injury or illness you sustained while on the job.
How Can I Win My FELA Claim?
To win your FELA claim, you must prove that your employer was at least partially responsible for your injuries. For example, you may be able to prove that you were never given personal protection equipment while around hazardous materials like silica dust. Similarly, records may show that the soil at job sites was never tested for contamination which could have contributed to your cancer diagnosis.
It’s important to understand that in most cases, you only have three years from the date of the injury or illness to file a FELA claim. However, as some injuries or illnesses may go undetected, you have three years from when it’s reasonable to know it was caused by your working conditions.
Contact a Railroad Cancer Lawyer Today
At Doran & Murphy, we’re proud to represent the men and women who work on our nation’s railroads. An Amtrak cancer lawyer from our firm will work tirelessly to help you receive the compensation you deserve when your employer’s negligence leads to a cancer diagnosis. Contact us today to learn how we will fight for you.