Law Offices of Mark A. Wells - Serving injured people throughout central Illinois

Railroad-Related Accidents

In a railroad crossing accident, there are many questions which must be answered. Did the crossing have lights and/or a functioning gate? Were the flashers confusing? Did a parked train or foliage obstruct your view? Even if you are injured as a passenger on a train, many questions arise and the railroad companies are often unwilling to provide necessary information about accidents occurring on or near railways. In addition, the railroad company has many different departments, managers, and other employees you must deal with if you are involved in a railroad related accident. We know what it takes to successfully process a railroad related accident case.

Railroad Employees

Railroad employees face serious risks of injury while on the job. Although railroad employees are not covered under workers’ compensation insurance, the Federal Employer’s Liability Act (FELA) is a Federal law addressing railroad workers injury compensation. FELA allows for higher compensation than workers’ compensation would provide. However, unlike workers’ compensation, FELA provides recovery for injuries only if the injured person can show fault on behalf of the railway. If you are injured working as a railroad employee, the railroad or its insurance company will try to get a quick settlement or may try to avoid financial recovery by you by trying to show that the railroad was not negligent or that the railroad did not cause your injury.

It is important for you to consult with an experienced attorney as soon as you are injured. The legal system has set a time limit for you to file your lawsuit, and insurance companies do not want you to get a lawyer because they know they will have to pay a lot more money. But, without an attorney’s help, you would likely fail to do the things necessary for a fair financial recovery.

With our help, and if necessary, you can file a lawsuit against whoever was responsible for the accident or situation that led to your injuries. To find out more about how we can protect your rights and obtain the damages you are entitled to, contact us.

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