The Importance of Choosing Designated Legal Counsel in FELA Cases

Every year, hundreds of railroad employees are injured or killed on the job. All injured railroad workers have powerful rights under the Federal Employers’ Liability Act (FELA). But unlike workers compensation claims, the injured railroader must prove that the railroad did something wrong in order to be compensated for medical care, lost earnings, and pain and suffering. Because of this, the railroads retain skilled claim agents and attorneys to protect their interests. Within minutes, the railroad’s claims team puts its legal knowledge to work by taking photographs, obtaining statements from witnesses, and collecting measurements. But remember, these agents and attorneys…

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California Train Accidents Blow the Whistle on Railroad Safety

A dangerous area in the city of Martinez, CA, claimed another life this week. Marolyn Sullivan, a 36-year-old resident of Martinez, was struck and killed by a Fresno-bound Amtrak train. This is the third train-related death in the city of Martinez since 2000. According to the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA), there were 167 train-related fatalities and more than 600 non-fatal, train-related injuries in California in 2018. Train-related deaths and injuries often give rise to lawsuits. In our experience, cities and counties sometimes fail to correct dangerous conditions that contribute to these horrific events. Bolt Hoffer Boyd currently is engaged in…

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