Railroad/Train Accidents – FELA
Florida is home to 14 freight railroads.
The state has 2,875 miles of freight railroad.
4,823 employees work on Florida’s freight railroads.
In 2010, there were 252 accidents or involving trains, highway/rail or other incidents.
16 train accidents occurred in Florida in 2010.
2 train accidents in 2010 involved passenger trains.
Sources: Association of American Railroads; Federal Railroad Administration.
In 1908, the U.S. government passed the Federal Employers’ Liability Act (FELA) to offer protection to workers who suffered injuries in railroad accidents. Severe injuries and deaths among engineers, brakemen, and other workers were not uncommon at that time and the law was intended to help hold railroad companies responsible for negligence that contributed to accidents. In essence, FELA is the railroad industry’s equivalent of workers compensation legislation. FELA remains in effect in the U.S. today. If you’ve been hurt in a railroad accident and believe you may have a FELA claim, you need an attorney who is experienced in the provisions and regulations that apply.
When seeking a train accident attorney in Boca Raton, Naples, West Palm Beach or other South Florida communities, injured railroad workers know they can count on the knowledge and skills of personal injury and wrongful death attorney Gregg Hollander. The Hollander Law Firm is experienced in handling a full range of wrongful death and injury claims:
- Motor vehicle accidents
- Rail accidents
- Medical malpractice
- Boating accidents
- Airplane accidents
- Premises liability
- Catastrophic injuries
- Construction accidents
- Wrongful death
When you work for a railroad and your employer’s negligence causes you to be seriously injured, you may have a claim under FELA. It’s important to understand that your injury pits you against your employer. The company will be invested in defending against your claim in order to limit is liability and expense. Choosing a strong attorney who is not afraid to stand up to big railroad companies, their lawyers, and their insurers is an important strategy in your efforts to win compensation for your injuries.
Based in the Boca Raton area, capable train accident lawyer Gregg Hollander has aggressively represented the interests of thousands of accident victims in West Palm Beach, Boca Raton, Naples and other South Florida communities. He has a proven record of success as a negotiator and as a trial attorney. When you win a FELA claim, you may be entitled to receive compensation for your lost wages, medical care costs, emotional distress, physical pain and suffering, and permanent injury.
Because the process of pursuing a FELA claim can be lengthy and may require litigation, you’ll want the assurance that you’ve chosen an attorney who can capably handle complex issues and who will keep you informed of the progress on your case. Boca Raton train accident attorney Gregg Hollander and his team of medical, legal, and investigative specialists work together to serve your best interests. We have the resources needed to explore the circumstances of your injury and to accurately assess the costs and medical needs you face in the future.
When a railroad accident has left you injured or has taken the life of a loved one, the Hollander Law Firm invites you to contact our offices to request a free consultation. You pay us no fees unless we recover for you. Your case is personal to us – you’ll find proven legal advocates you need at the Hollander Law Firm.