As the largest public transit system in the state and one of the largest by total ridership across the entire country, New Jersey Transit plays a vital role both in the area’s economy and in the lives of its millions of riders and thousands of employees. Unfortunately, with increased volume comes an increased risk of workplace accidents, sometimes resulting in debilitating and life-altering harm to the very workers who keep this system moving. If you perform commuter rail or light rail work for NJ Transit and have been hurt or developed cancer as a direct result of that work, you may have options for financial recovery that a skilled railroad injury attorney can help you explore. A dedicated New Jersey Transit worker injury lawyer will work on your behalf to maximize the compensation available to you.
Sustained an Injury as a New Jersey Transit Worker? A Lawyer from Our Firm Can Help.
If you’ve been harmed as a New Jersey transit worker, you need a legal team in your corner who can help you fight for the full and fair compensation to which you are entitled. Look no further than Doran & Murphy.
Common Injuries Sustained by NJ Transit Workers
While railroad work is far safer today than it was a century ago, it is still among the most dangerous occupations in the country. Even a minor mistake by a coworker or instance of institutional neglect by a railroad employer could lead to a variety of devastating injuries, including:
- Bone fractures
- Soft-tissue damage to tendons and ligaments
- Severe burns
- Traumatic brain damage
- Spine and/or neck damage
- Crushing injuries
- Limb amputation
Additionally, long-term exposure to substances like asbestos, diesel fumes, silica dust, industrial solvents, and weed-killing chemicals is linked to a host of life-threatening diseases, including numerous forms of cancer. A skilled New Jersey Transit worker accident attorney could help build a strong claim around any type of occupational injury or illness stemming directly from railroad-related work.
Seeking All Available Damages
Instead of being bound to traditional workers’ compensation laws, New Jersey Transit railroad workers have the right to file suit directly against their employer under the Federal Employers Liability Act (FELA) after being hurt on the job. The FELA was designed specifically to protect railroad workers who have an uncommonly high risk of being involved in workplace accidents.
Unlike workers’ compensation, FELA claims allow workers to recover for economic and non-economic damages stemming from their accident or illness, including lost earning ability, medical bills, physical pain, and psychological suffering and distress. Getting a favorable result from a railroad worker injury claim against New Jersey Transit requires proving that NJ Transit was negligent in some way that directly contributed to an injury.
Speak with a New Jersey Transit Worker Injury Attorney Today
If you were hurt or developed cancer as a result of working for New Jersey Transit, you may have to full and fair compensation.
A New Jersey Transit worker injury lawyer could discuss your options in detail during a confidential consultation. Schedule yours by calling Doran & Murphy, PLLC today.