I work for the Long Island Railroad and was injured while lifting equipment. What are my rights?
If you are an employee of The Long Island RailRoad chances are that you are covered by the Federal Employee’s Liability Act (otherwise known as “FELA”).
What the law says is that if you are hurt while working on the job as a railroad employee you have an absolute right recover money for pain and suffering if there was any negligence on the part of the railroad. The railroad in most cases will continue to pay for you wages and medical care but a qualified lawyer is needed to pursue any legal claims that you may have for pain and suffering. Theses cases are often handled differently than a regular accident case and so it is important to hire a lawyer familiar with railroad accident cases. As an example these cases can be heard in Federal or State Court. Also, they often include a significant lien that must be paid back to the railroad if you are successful in your pain and suffering case. Your lawyer should go over these issues with you.
The railroad injury attorneys at Goldstein and Bashner are experienced in handling train accident cases and can help you with your case. Our law firm has gained the support of Local 589, a division of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Union due to our strong record of helping injured railroad workers receive compensation for their injuries. If you would like to discuss your Long Island Railroad, Amtrak, or Metro North railroad case, contact us by filling out our webform.