At Gary C. Johnson, P.S.C., our attorneys have extensive experience in all types of personal injury and wrongful death claims including railroad litigation. We have successfully represented clients in Kentucky and West Virginia for over four decades. As a victim of a train mishap, your legal recourse will depend upon the type of accident you experienced. You may be an injured passenger. Perhaps you're a railroad employee who is entitled to Federal Employee Liability Act (FELA) compensation because of accident-related injuries or illness due to the long-term effects of your job environment. Maybe you're a motorist or pedestrian hurt in a train-related mishap. Or perhaps you are grieving over the loss of a loved one to a railroad accident. The law protects you in different ways in different situations, and your right to compensation may include medical care, lost wages, suffering and other compensation.
The law firm you choose does make a difference - a difference between a life of pain and economic hardship and a future where monetary concerns are secondary to improving the quality of your life. The attorneys at Gary C. Johnson, P.S.C. will help guide your course of action.
Through June of 2004, the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) reported 6,779 incidents, 435 of which were fatal. Injuries and fatalities occur due to poor maintenance of train steps or passageways; abruptly starting the train prior to a passenger being safely seated; closing the door on a passenger; and security issues. A train company is also bound to provide safety to travelers on roads that cross railroad tracks. Other safety factors include; care in operation, diligence when crossing public and private roads, adequate warnings of a train's approach, the use of reasonable speed, and properly functioning and maintained railroad crossings. Defective or outdated train equipment, or untrained or overworked employees also contribute to the high accident rate.
By accepting you as a passenger, the railroad company obligates itself to provide the "utmost care and diligence" in maintaining your safety. This obligation extends to a safe working environment for railroad company employees who experience on-the-job injuries or illness as a result of the long term effects of their job environment. For those mourning the death of a loved one due to a railroad company's carelessness or irresponsibility, they may be entitled to receive monetary compensation in the form of "damages". Monetary consideration is given to the earnings that the deceased would have provided had they lived, the victim's medical and funeral expenses, estate administration expenses, survivor's emotional pain and suffering (in some states), and punitive damages (intentional harm judged to be exemplary).
Railway companies often blame the victims for accidents, faulting inattentive drivers and people looking to "beat the train". You need the guidance of legal professionals who can evaluate your case and effectively guide you through the legal process if you feel that the train company violated any of their duties and caused your injury.
Please contact the law offices of Gary C. Johnson, P.S.C., for assistance and advice. Our firm works for injured people and their families. We offer a free initial consultation to discuss your case, and we will always give you our honest opinion about your case in light of the facts, case law, and our experience with similar Kentucky or West Virginia railroad accident cases. Call us today at 1.866.606.4316, or use our online contact form.
At Gary C. Johnson, P.S.C. we are dedicated to representing individuals who have been injured due to the negligence of others. Our personal injury attorneys provide tough and aggressive representation aimed at moving your case forward and obtaining full compensation for your injuries.