Austin Railroad Accident Attorneys
A job with the railroad used to mean economic security for life. While there are fewer jobs are available than in the past, railroad work still pays well. However, the jobs are always dangerous. Every year railroad workers are seriously injured or killed on the job. At our Austin, Texas law firm, McMinn Law Firm, we help injured railroad workers recover the compensation they need for their medical bills, lost income, and other costs of their injury. Contact the McMinn Law Firm today to learn how we can help.
FELA claims for injured railroad workers
Many years ago the government realized that working on the railroad was hazardous to employees. The Federal Employers Liability Act, or FELA, requires employers to pay compensation to injured railroad workers. However, the railroads’ insurance carriers are more interested in their own balance sheets than in helping railroad workers. They often contest FELA claims, reduce workers’ awards, or shorten the time allowed for recovery. Railroads, in an effort to limit their exposure, often pressure injured workers to settle their claim for much less than they might receive if they had the advice and counsel of an knowledgeable attorney.
At McMinn Law Firm, our lawyers fight for compensation for injured railroad workers. If you have been injured or a loved one killed in a railroad accident, contact our Austin, Texas law firm before signing or agreeing to any settlement offer. We use our understanding of FELA law to help injured workers get the compensation they need.
Railroad crossing accidents
Another type of railroad accident involves members of the public rather than railroad workers. Pedestrians, drivers of cars and trucks, and bicyclists are struck by trains every year or otherwise injured because of the negligence of the railroad company. Vegetation is not cleared, signals do not work, and guard rails malfunction. Stop signs are poorly placed. These things mean that the railroad is not properly maintaining the right of way, and may be liable for injuries or deaths that result.
Our lawyers undertake claims on behalf of people injured or killed on railroad property. We pursue railroad companies and other common carriers employees aggressively in our search for resources for clients who have been injured on railroad property. If you are a railroad worker and have been injured in any type of accident, or a driver injured in a crossing accident, contact a Austin, Texas lawyer who can help get you the compensation you need.