Some jobs are more hazardous than others. Railroad workers face inherently dangerous conditions every day. If you’ve been injured during the course of your railroad employment, our St. Petersburg railroad worker lawyers are ready to fight for you.
Dealing with work-related injuries can leave you worried not only about your physical health, but also about how you’re going to pay for your medical expenses. Our St. Petersburg personal injury attorneys can help you understand your legal rights.
Perenich, Caulfield, Avril & Noyes Personal Injury Lawyers has years of experience taking on railroad owners. When you’re hurt on your railroad job in St. Petersburg, FL, you need that kind of experience to make sure that you’re getting every dime in compensation to which you’re entitled.
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How Perenich, Caulfield, Avril & Noyes Personal Injury Lawyers Can Help if You’re an Injured Railroad Worker
Working on the railroad presents innumerable opportunities for injuries. From train accidents to exposure to hazardous materials, our St. Petersburg workplace accident lawyers have seen it all. If you’ve been injured in a St. Petersburg, FL railroad accident, Perenich, Caulfield, Avril & Noyes Personal Injury Lawyers understands the pain and emotional anguish you’re going through.
Since 1955, we’ve been leading advocates for accident injury victims. Combined, our seasoned attorneys have 300 years of experience. Through hard work and an unmatched dedication to our clients, we’ve delivered over $675 million in settlements and verdicts to our deserving clients.
When you hire Perenich, Caulfield, Avril & Noyes Personal Injury Lawyers to represent you after a St. Petersburg railroad accident, we’ll get right to work on your case by:
- Conducting our own thorough investigation into your accident
- Identifying everyone who contributed to the accident that caused your injuries
- Working with top accident reconstruction experts to strengthen your case
- Accurately calculating your total damages
We’ll also handle all settlement negotiations with the insurance company. The insurance company will do everything it can to compensate you far less than it should. When we go to the negotiation table, we go armed with the facts and the law, so we won’t let them get away with these tactics.
How Do I Get Compensated if I Get Injured on My St. Petersburg Railroad Job
There are over 76,000 railroad workers in the U.S. Out of all occupations, train conductors and railroad yardmasters have one of the highest injury rates.
If you’re a railroad worker and you were injured on the job, you have certain protections under the Federal Employees Liability Act (FELA). Unlike workers’ compensation, in order for you to get compensation for injuries under FELA, you must show that your injury was caused by the negligence of your employer.
However, the degree of negligence you must show is not stringent. In order to get compensation under FELA, you must be able to prove that your employer failed to provide a reasonably safe work environment.
If you are partially at fault for your own injuries, you aren’t completely barred from recovering damages under FELA. However, your overall compensation will be reduced according to the percentage of your own fault.
Filing a claim under FELA can be quite complicated. The railroad may try to limit your recovery by claiming that you were partly or entirely to blame for the accident that caused your injuries. Perenich, Caulfield, Avril & Noyes Personal Injury Lawyers will vigorously protect you against these claims when they’re untrue.
What Damages Can I Recover Under the Federal Employers’ Liability Act?
In 2022, 11 people were killed, and approximately 3,000 railroad workers were injured while on duty. Because they’re dealing with heavy equipment, harsh conditions, and around-the-clock work schedules, railroad accidents can be absolutely devastating.
Under FELA, you are entitled to recover payment for the following:
- Medical expenses
- Lost wages and diminished earning capacity
- Lost fringe benefits, including vacation time, contributions to your retirement account, and medical benefits
You are also entitled to recover non-economic damages, which are intended to compensate you for your “emotional” injuries. These damages cover your pain and suffering, emotional distress, diminished enjoyment of life, and other non-pecuniary damages.
Getting all the compensation to which you’re entitled requires an aggressive attorney who understands FELA inside and out. Perenich, Caulfield, Avril & Noyes Personal Injury Lawyers has the experience to maximize your benefits and help you get your life back on track.
Contact an Experienced St. Petersburg Railroad Worker Attorney for a Free Consultation
Accidents in the railroad industry can cause unimaginable injuries. Dealing with the physical pain of those injuries is hard enough, but worrying about mounting medical expenses and loss of income makes it all the more stressful.
If you’re a St. Petersburg, Florida, railroad worker and you were injured because your employer failed to ensure your safety, you may be entitled to significant compensation. Call Perenich, Caulfield, Avril & Noyes Personal Injury Lawyers to learn more about your right to compensation under federal law and how our St. Petersburg railroad worker attorneys can help you through this difficult time.