The Truth About Recovering Damages for New York and New Jersey Railroad, Train, & Subway Accidents
Trains first came on the scene nearly two hundred years ago; yet, they are still the source of deadly accidents to this day. Railroad workers and even passengers are frequently injured or killed in railroad accidents. There are many factors that can lead to a major New Jersey or New York train accident, but one thing is for certain, this type of incident can be life changing.
At the law firm of Hofmann & Schweitzer, we understand the challenges faced following a train wreck, accident on a platform, or railroad employee injury. We know the worries going through your mind and the confusion you might be feeling regarding what you should do after you have been hurt. Our railroad injury attorneys represent cases in New York and New Jersey and are passionate about helping injured subway, train & railroad workers and passengers obtain the compensation in which they deserve.
You and your family do not have to deal with a train injury alone. Contact a railroad injury / accident attorney at our New York office at 212-465-8840, our New Jersey office at 908-393-5662 or Toll Free at 800-362-9329 to get the answers you are looking for.
We frequently represent New York and New Jersey train, railroad & subway accident cases involving the following:
· Subway accident
· Railroad injury sustained on the job for FELA (Federal Employers Liability Act) workers
· Solvent exposure
· Train derailment
· Falls while working on the railroad
· Electrical explosions
· Back injuries resulting from railroad work
· Railroad crossing accident
Injured New York Railroad Workers
When it comes to railroad workers, they are involved in an occupation that is considered to be one of the most dangerous in the nation. If you or one of your family members works within the railroad industry, you are well aware of the physical demands and hazards placed on workers.
The Federal Employers Liability Act gives railroad employees the right to sue their employers for damages following an on-the-job injury. FELA was supposed to make the railroad industry safer, but railroad companies still seem to put workers in dangerous situations. For example, any of the following can lead to a devastating train injury:
· Insufficient safety standards
· Inadequate training of railroad workers
· Poor maintenance
· Dangerous or defective equipment
· Other negligent acts by the railroad
Under FELA, an injured railroad worker can recover compensation for injuries resulting from negligence on the part of the railroad, its supervisors, agents, co-workers or others. The compensation that can be obtained through FELA can be substantial and may include lost wages, pain and suffering, future impairment of earning capacity, medical bills and other damages.
Injured railroad employees may also be eligible for disability benefits through the United States Railroad Retirement Board. You do not have to prove fault or negligence to qualify for benefits, including medical payments. The laws pertaining to train injuries are complex, though, which is why you need to consult with an experienced New York railroad injury attorney.
Injured Train Passengers
Many people rely on the subway and commuter train system in New York and New Jersey as their main mode of transportation. As a passenger, you feel relatively safe while riding the train, but unfortunately accidents do happen and when they do, the outcome is especially devastating. Mistakes made by the train conductor, defective tracks or platforms, malfunctioning equipment and maintenance failure can all lead to a catastrophic train or subway accident. If you have been hurt while riding the subway or a commuter train, you might be entitled to compensation and could hold the railroad company liable.
Our train and subway accident lawyers frequently represent passengers who have been injured by the following railroad companies:
· New Jersey Transit
· Staten Island Rapid Transit (SIRTOA)
· Long Island Railroad
Our New York and New Jersey Train Accident Attorneys Can Help You
At the law firm of Hofmann & Schweitzer, we spare no reasonable expense to help you win your case. Our train accident lawyers have the knowledge and experience to investigate and prepare a strong railroad injury claim on your behalf.
Not only does Paul T. Hofmann, Esq. have 29 years of legal experience, he has also been named Super Lawyer for four years in a row, and has an A.V. rating from Martindale-Hubbel, which are awarded to attorneys who have reached a high level of peer recognition and professional achievement. Tim Schweitzer possesses over a decade of legal experience and has helped countless injured workers obtain compensation for their injuries.
Contact a railroad injury attorney at our New York office at 212-465-8840, our New Jersey office at 908-393-5662 or Toll Free at 800-362-9329 today.
Our law firm represents railroad accident victims throughout the United States, and primarily in New York and New Jersey.