The railroad industry is one of the oldest and most heavily regulated industries in the United States. Injury cases involving railroads generally fall into two categories: injuries sustained by railroad workers and injuries sustained by members of the public who have been hit by trains at railroad crossings.
If you work for a railroad company and suffer an on-the-job injury, in most cases you are not covered by worker’s compensation. Instead, you have a claim for compensation under a law called the Federal Employers’ Liability Act (FELA). FELA cases are very different from no-fault worker’s compensation cases. In a FELA case the injured railroad worker is required to prove his injury was caused in whole or in part by an unsafe condition at the railroad. In many cases the railroads defend FELA cases by blaming the injured worker for causing his own injury. The law that applies to FELA cases is specialized and unique to that type of case.
We have the experience of having tried FELA cases since the early 1990s and we have obtained record results for our clients, including the largest FELA verdict ever in Kansas City, Missouri. If you were injured working for a railroad, our team has the experience and expertise to help you with your personal injury lawsuit.
If you or a loved one was involved in a collision with a train at a railroad crossing, you have a potential negligence claim against the railroad. Litigation involving railroad crossing accidents is one of the most difficult personal injury claims involving the transportation industry and it requires specialized knowledge of both federal and state laws. We have handled a number of catastrophic injury and wrongful death railroad crossing accident lawsuits in and around the Kansas City area, and obtained a $4 million jury verdict for the death of a young girl at a rural Missouri crossing.