Heimanson & Wolf, LLP

Railroad Accidents

Railroad Accidents and Injuries

According to the Federal Railroad Administration, there are approximately 12,000 to 13,000 railroad accidents each year.  These railroad accidents result in approximately 800 fatalities each year.  Even when passengers survive these crashes, passengers can end up with life altering injuries including brain and head injuries, internal bleeding, spine and back injuries, and amputations.

Chatsworth Railroad Accident

We at Heimanson & Wolf, LLP have represented victims of railroad accidents in Los Angeles and Southern California.  We have represented railroad accident victims in high profile litigation including the Metrolink crash in Chatsworth, California on September 12, 2008.  This crash occurred when a Metrolink train collided head on with a Union Pacific freight train.

An investigation into the cause of the Metrolink crash revealed that the engineer was texting and did not heed red signals warning of an oncoming train.  The Metrolink crash resulted in numerous fatalities and severe injuries.  As with other train accidents, the Metrolink accident caused severe psychological injuries including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) along with the grave physical injuries.

Railroad Employees and FELA Claims

Employees who are injured on the job have claims that are governed by a Federal Law known as the Federal Employers’ Liability Act (FELA).  The FELA was designed to protect injured railroad workers including:

We at Heimanson & Wolf, LLP have represented employees of major railroads such as Amtrak and Union Pacific.  We have successfully ensured that these railroad employees were properly compensated for injuries they sustained in accidents on the job.

How to Recover Under The FELA

State workers compensation laws do not apply to railroad employees.  The FELA has its own set of laws and is very different workers compensation.  Most importantly, the FELA requires that a railroad employee prove negligence on the part of the railroad in order to recover for his or her injuries.  Essentially, the railroad employee must show that the railroad failed to provide a safe place for the employee to work.

Unsafe work conditions have meant serious injuries for railroad employees.  These include the following:

We at Heimanson & Wolf, LLP have experience handling FELA cases, and we guide our railroad employee clients through the litigation.  We work as a team with our clients to ensure that they are properly compensated for their injuries and the time they miss from work, as well as any future lost wages.