James F. Humphreys & Associates, L.C., is a personal injury law firm that has resolved hundreds of FELA cases successfully for people harmed through railroad employment. Our attorneys have the knowledge and dedication you need. From our office in Charleston, West Virginia, we serve clients across the country.
We consider cases involving the following:
- Asbestos exposure/mesothelioma: Railroad workers are often found to have been exposed to asbestos on the job. Months or years later, they can develop mesothelioma: a cancer of the lining of the heart, abdominal cavity and lungs. Asbestos exposure has also been linked with asbestosis, bronchogenic lung cancer and some gastrointestinal cancers.
- Derailed trains: When a railroad repair crew is careless, a conductor is distracted or other problems occur, a train can jump the tracks and potentially cause catastrophic damage to passengers, employees and bystanders. Many victims suffer brain injuries, spinal cord damage, suffocation, burns and even wrongful death.
- Dangerous railroad crossings: When gates and warning alarms are not properly maintained, passenger vehicles can easily become caught on the tracks and struck by trains. Other accidents occur when trains fail to sound their horns, the view at the crossing is obstructed by trees, or objects protrude from the locomotive.
- Injured railroad employees: Workers can suffer injuries from exposure to diesel fumes, cleaning agents and other dangerous chemicals and substances. Injured railroad workers' injury claims may fall under the umbrella of Federal Employers Liability Act (FELA) claims. These cases are governed by a special statute. FELA cases have points in common with personal injury cases and with workers' compensation claims.
What Compensation Can You Recover Under FELA?
Under FELA, injured railway workers can recover compensation for pain and suffering, lost income and medical expenses when their injuries are negligently caused by the railroad. If the railroad's failure to exercise reasonable care results in the death of the worker, his or her family members may also recover for their financial losses.
FELA claims alleging diesel exhaust cancer and other injuries are handled on a comparative negligence basis.
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Call or email the law offices of James F. Humphreys & Associates, L.C., to schedule a free initial consultation with an experienced lawyer regarding a potential railroad injury case. We are known as a law firm focusing on mesothelioma injury cases, including those involving railroad employment.