If you were involved in a railroad accident and suffered injuries, you could file a lawsuit to recover your losses. Railroad companies have a duty of responsibility to those onboard their trains. When they fail in that duty, they could be held accountable for any accidents that happen. This can make them financially responsible for the victims’ medical bills, lost wages, and other damages.
You can seek compensation for a railroad accident as either a passenger, a bystander, or an employee of the carrier. How you experienced the accident will determine what you may be eligible for and how you file your lawsuit. A Union City railroad accident lawyer from Morelli Law Firm can fight alongside you for compensation.
Railroad Accidents Can Affect Both Employees and Passengers
According to 45 U.S.C. § 51, employers are liable when their workers suffer injuries in railway accidents. The law states that common carriers—which could be people or companies that transport goods—have a duty to protect those working on board the train when they are traveling across the country. If an employee experienced injuries because of negligence, they could qualify to collect damages.
This duty of care also extends to passengers who are not employees. The train company could be liable for any passenger’s injuries if it:
- Failed to maintain the train
- Did not install proper safety equipment
- Allowed untrained staff to operate the train
- Committed other negligent actions
Even those who were injured as bystanders could be eligible for damages. Our firm can get started with your case after a free consultation. We want to listen and help you with the next steps.
Recovering Damages Is Possible with a Lawsuit
Railroad accidents can lead to devastating injuries and life-altering consequences. They can also occur because of many factors, including operator error or inexperience, train malfunction, or neglect of the train’s maintenance.
When we represent you, our team will need to build a case for liability on the part of the carrier or train operation company. A lawyer from Morelli Law Firm can help with:
- Gathering evidence
- Consulting with medical professionals to determine the extent of your injuries
- Communicating with the carrier and other victims and witnesses
Proving the Carrier or Train Operation Company’s Liability
The key to a railroad accident case will be proof of liability. If our team can argue the carrier’s liability successfully, they could owe you damages. Some possible damages you could pursue with a lawsuit include:
- Medical bills for emergency room visits, doctor appointments, specialist appointments, surgery, hospital stays, and more
- Other medical costs for things like prescription medication, medical equipment, and physical therapy
- Modifications made to your home to accommodate your injuries
- Lost wages from time off you had to take
- Diminished earning capacity, which is meant to compensate you for the salary you may not be able to earn anymore if you cannot return to the same work you did before the accident
- Property damage if you lost or had to repair any property as a result of the accident
- Non-economic damages, which include things like emotional distress, anxiety, depression, pain and suffering, inconvenience, and more
- Funeral and burial costs if a loved one died because of their railroad accident injuries
- Other damages that could result from losing a loved one, such as loss of parental guidance or loss of companionship
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We Have a Record of Success in Railroad Cases
Morelli Law Firm has experience with railroad accidents. In 2015, our team secured $265 million for victims of the Philadelphia Amtrak crash. Our lawyers have been involved in other major railroad disasters as well, so we know what it takes to put together a strong case.
If you hire a lawyer from Morelli Law Firm, you will be hiring a teammate who will fight to get the compensation you deserve. Not only will our team do the legal work for you, but we will also be available to answer any questions you have and provide guidance along the way. You and your family deserve to have someone who understands these cases on your side.
Do Not Hesitate to Start Your Case Today
Every state has a statute of limitations when it comes to personal injury cases. In New Jersey, you have two years from the time of the accident to file a personal injury lawsuit, according to NJ Rev Stat § 2A:14-2. If you lost a loved one as a result of a railroad accident, you also have two years to file a wrongful death case, according to NJ Rev Stat § 2A:31-3.
There can be rare exceptions to the statute of limitations for railroad accidents. For instance, if you were incapacitated from the accident, you may qualify for an extension of the time limit. A Union City railroad lawyer from Morelli Law Firm can clear up any questions you may have about how the statute of limitations affects you and your case.
Call Today to Find Out What a Union City Railroad Accident Lawyer Can Do for You
Call us today at (212) 751-9800 to learn more during a free consultation. We work on a contingency-fee-basis, meaning you will not owe us anything unless we win. Don’t delay—let us get started now.