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Causes of Railroad Accidents

Injured in a railroad accident in Houston?

Railroad work is dangerous work, and when accidents occur they often result in severe injuries; according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, railyard workers are more likely to sustain work-related injuries than most other occupations.

Railroad accidents are usually the result of negligence, and when railroad workers sustain job-related injuries they are eligible to seek financial compensation through a Federal Employers’ Liability Act (FELA) claim. Houston injury attorney Tony Malley has extensive experience helping injured railroad workers and their families pursue the FELA benefits they need.

Causes of Railroad Accidents

The Federal Railroad Administration lists the main causes of railroad accidents as:

  • Human error
  • Equipment failure
  • Defective tracks
  • Signal malfunctions

For railroad workers, unsafe working conditions, repetitive stress and exposure to toxic materials can also result in injuries for which employees can seek compensation under FELA.

The Importance of Working with a FELA Attorney

Although FELA is often described as Workers’ Compensation for railroad workers, the process for seeking benefits is much different. FELA requires that the injured worker or immediate family members of a deceased worker initiate claims.

Unlike Workers’ Compensation, which is administered by individual states and assigns compensation determined by preset schedules, FELA claims are heard in court and benefits are based on comparative negligence. In order to be awarded FELA benefits, the injured party must establish that railroad company negligence, co-worker carelessness or defective equipment was at least partially responsible for the incident that resulted in injury.

Because railroad companies will fight FELA claims with their own lawyers, it’s advisable to work with an attorney who specializes in FELA cases if you were hurt or a loved one was killed in a railroad accident. Mr. Malley is dedicated to protecting the rights of injured railroad workers and their families.

What are some Common Injuries of Railroad Accidents?

Please contact the Malley Law Firm for your free case consultation if you were injured or a family member was killed in an on-the-job railroad accident. FELA claims attorney Tony Malley welcomes clients from the Houston and Beaumont, Texas, areas and nationwide.

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