Louisiana Train & Railroad Accident Attorneys
Baton Rouge Law Firm Fighting to Protect Workers, Passengers & Pedestrians
Around 1,000 train and railroad accidents occur each year in our country. Because these machines are so difficult to stop, these accidents often cause severe injury or death. Accidents affect both passengers and pedestrians crossing railways, as well as train workers. CNN recently included industrial repairmen in their list of the top 10 most dangerous jobs in the U.S., with rail yard engineers not too far from that list either. As these structures glide over every corner of our large country, especially in the rural areas of Louisiana, you need legal protection to help you secure compensation in the event that you are wrongfully injured, and Arnold & Itkin is the team to help you.
Contact our Louisiana train accident lawyers for the aggressive representation and compassionate support you deserve.
Understanding the Federal Employers Liability Act
Shortened as FELA, this Act was initially influenced by President Harrison in the late 19th century. The railroads were becoming perhaps the nation’s largest priority, putting hundreds of thousands of Americans to work, and unfortunately exposing them to the industry’s many dangers. President Harrison realized that these workers had little to no protection in one of the deadliest jobs known at that time, and FELA was eventually passed in 1908.
Under FELA, train and railroad workers and their families since have had rights to pursue compensation from their employers if placed in unsafe working conditions that cause injury or death. FELA has since influenced a widespread cracking down on workplace safety in the railroad industry because employers would rather keep their workers and avoid large payouts. However, railroad workers still face real dangers.