Michigan railroad injury lawyers often represent railroad workers and their families in lawsuits arising out of railway injuries. Many injuries occur due to unsafe worksites, lack of safety equipment, and the negligence of the railroad company. Due to the difficult and often dangerous nature of the occupation, these accident frequently cause serious and catastrophic injuries, including brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, and death. Many claims are also made for hearing loss problems.
It is important to hire a Michigan railroad injury lawyer who has knowledge and understanding of the complex laws related to these cases. In 1906, Congress first enacted what has become known as the Federal Employers’ Liability Act (FELA). The name is misleading as the act only applies to employees of railroad companies engaged in interstate commerce who are injured on the job and not to employees of the federal government. Few workers or their families received any compensation for the injuries they sustained prior to the enactment of the FELA. Railroad injuries cover a wide variety of injuries from slipping and falling on loose ballast and unsafe or defective equip[ment to hearing loss to mesothelioma. It is important to know that if you are injured on the job with a railroad company, you are not eligible for state unemployment benefits.
The FELA created a system whereby injured workers would receive legal compensation for their injuries. The FELA requires railroad companies to provide employees with a reasonable safe workplace (equipment, tools, safety devices, etc.) and ensure employees are properly trained, equipped and supervised. Railroads have a duty inspect the work environment to ensure it is free of hazards and to provide employees with adequate help and assistance. They must also make sure safety rules and regulations are enforced and take reasonable measures to keep employees safe from crimes and intentional acts by other employees and third parties.
If you have suffered a Michigan railroad accident injury, contact a Michigan railroad worker injury lawyer immediately to learn about your legal rights.
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