Railroading is a dangerous profession. Every day, accidents cause serious, and even deadly, injuries to railroad workers.
Clients always tell us they wish they could “turn back the clock” and avoid the accident altogether. While we can’t rewrite history, we can help you get your life back after a job-related railroad accident.
Based in Seattle, our lawyers have represented injured railroad workers in Washington, Oregon, Colorado and throughout the greater northwest for more than 50 years.
The Best Way To Protect Yourself Is To Know Your Rights
As a railroad employee, you have rights. The Federal Employers’ Liability Act (FELA) protects injured railroad workers and their families. Your rights under FELA arise anytime you are injured in an accident at work or experience an injury caused by work duties such as illnesses or injuries caused by repetitive movements or exposure. Your most basic rights under FELA include:
Right To Compensation
Under FELA, injured railroad workers can collect compensation for both their past and future damages, including:
- Lost wages and lost fringe benefits
- Reduced ability to earn a living
- Medical bills
- Physical pain and suffering
- Lost enjoyment of life
- Retraining costs
When workers are killed, their families also have a right to compensation for the lost wages and benefits, companionship, love and support, inheritance and other contributions their loved one would have made to the family.
Right To Medical Care
Seek immediate medical treatment after being injured on the job. You have the right to choose your own doctor. Anything you discuss with your physician is private — your employer cannot speak with your doctor without your consent nor gain access to your medical records. Tell your doctor about the physical demands of your job. He or she will let you know when you have healed enough to return to work.
Right To Legal Counsel
You have an absolute right to legal counsel. Your employer cannot fire you for speaking with a lawyer. While you may choose any attorney you want, it is in your best interests to hire a union-designated lawyer who is experienced with the special rules and procedures under FELA.
Right To A Safe Working Environment
If the railroad is disobeying safety regulations you have the right to report them. Under the Federal Railroad Safety Act (FRSA), railroad workers can report safety violations without being fired or otherwise punished by the railroad. If your employer illegally retaliates against you, you can recover compensation.
Protect yourself and your family after an injury or death. Contact us at 425-646-8003 or 866-357-7245 immediately for a free confidential consultation with the FELA attorneys at Rossi Vucinovich PC.