St. Louis FELA Accident Attorneys
Fighting for Injured Railroad Workers Throughout Missouri
The railroad industry is one of the most dangerous industries for workers. The number of railroad worker deaths in 2018 was the highest it has been since 2007, marking an estimated 2% increase caused by factors such as improper safety training, unsafe work environments, and unmaintained equipment.
The Federal Employers’ Liability Act (FELA) protects railroad workers that are injured or killed on the job. If a railroad worker suffers traumatic brain injuries, repetitive stress injuries, or becomes paralyzed while performing the duties of their job, under FELA, the victim could have a valid Missouri FELA injury claim.
If you are struggling with unexpected medical expenses or severe pain after a railroad accident in Missouri, consult The Dixon Injury Firm’s St. Louis FELA accident lawyers right away and determine if you are entitled to FELA benefits from your employer.
Who Is Covered Under FELA?
The Federal Employer Liability Act was established in 1908 to protect the rights of injured railroad workers and provide support and access to compensation in the aftermath of work-related railroad accidents. Under FELA, any railroad employee who is injured on the job due to an employer, equipment manufacturer, or coworker’s negligence can sue the negligent party for damages related to the accident.
Most Missouri FELA claimants are eligible to recover compensation for injuries and losses caused on the job, but it’s vital to the success of your claim to collect as much evidence from the accident as possible. Unlike other workers’ compensation claims, recovering compensation for railroad accident-related injuries typically requires detailed proof of the other party’s fault in the situation, evidence of your harm or losses, and proof of your right to sue the other party for your injuries.
Common FELA Accident Claims
The Federal Railroad Administration enforces U.S. railroad safety regulations and ensures that railroad employees are safe and protected from carelessness by an employer, manufacturer, and other work-related parties.
The most commonly reported FELA accident claims include:
- Hazardous materials and occupational exposure
- Improper safety training and operator inexperience
- Unmaintained/defective railroad equipment
- Inadequate crew or improper rail-crossing etiquette
- Harm by foreign objects or a fellow employee
According to the National Safety Council, 8,136 people suffered catastrophic injuries in U.S. railroad accidents in 2018, with the most common accidents occurring at railroad crossings involving railroad operator inexperience.
Missouri Class Action Lawsuit Against SMART-TD
In May 2019, the Federal Railroad Administration voided state laws on crew size, while the state legislature enforces a minimum crew size of two. While there isn’t concrete evidence, according to the state legislative, maintaining a crew size of at least two railroad workers enables safer operations.
Recently, this has led to eight U.S. freight railroad companies filing lawsuits against the railroad union, International Association of Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transportation Workers – Transportation Division (SMART-TD), stating that the union is refusing to acknowledge the issue.
If you or someone you love has been injured in a railroad accident in Missouri, or if you have experienced safety issues related to crew size, you could be eligible to join the class action lawsuit against SMART-TD or file a Missouri railroad accident claim against the person responsible for your injuries.
Talk to Our St. Louis FELA Accident Lawyers Today
At The Dixon Injury Firm, we are committed to helping injured railroad workers in Missouri and Illinois who have been injured by an employer, manufacturer, or coworker’s negligence. Our St. Louis FELA lawyers have an in-depth understanding of the law and can carefully go over your various legal options with you during a free initial consultation.
Our founding attorney, Christopher Dixon, is a highly renowned trial lawyer who has earned recognition by the National Trial Lawyers Association as a “Top 100 Trial Lawyer.” He and our team have recovered over $50,000,000 in reimbursement for medical bills, pain and suffering, lost wages, property damage, and other expenses related to personal injury, workers’ compensation, and railroad accident claims throughout the state of Missouri.
If you are looking for an aggressive attorney to represent your FELA accident injury claim, call The Dixon Injury Firm today at (314) 208-2808. Your initial consultation is free!