Industrial shipping is built on the nation’s railroad network, but when companies prioritize profit over safety or maintenance, people get hurt. Our job is making sure those people have everything they need to get back on their feet while forcing the companies at fault to change their behavior. We love a challenge because it represents a chance to make our clients’ lives better. That’s why we never stop fighting. No matter what.
Holding Train & Railroad Companies Accountable for Accidents They Cause
In 2019, the Federal Railroad Administration reported that the nation had 1,848 train accidents. This means that there are about 3 accidents per million train miles traveled in the United States. Due to the size and speed of the average train, any accident involving one can seriously injure or kill dozens of people at once. Arnold & Itkin has been at the forefront of investigating many of those accidents. We’ve recovered $10 billion for the victims of life-altering disasters nationwide, getting our clients medical care, replacing their lost wages, and helping them face the future with confidence.
Our firm has won major settlements and verdicts for victims of:
- Hazardous material exposure
- Train derailments
- Conductor negligence
- Railroad crossing accidents
- Railroad worker injuries
Train accident survivors are facing the worst circumstances of their lives. It’s our firm’s duty to not only provide aggressive representation, but to ensure our clients get the best care and largest recovery possible. The stakes are high: the money we win for our clients is often all they’ll have to live on for the rest of their lives. That’s why we won’t stop until we’ve reached the best result. No matter what.
Railroad companies are some of the oldest, most powerful organizations in the world. Railroad giants have near-limitless resources and patience, giving them a huge legal advantage. Our firm takes away that advantage. We’re not intimidated or impressed by railroad companies because we have the creativity, resources, and experience to level the playing field for our clients. That’s why we’ve been able to beat them time and time again.
- $8 Billion Top 3 Largest Jury Verdict in U.S. History Read This Story
- $357 Million Largest Workplace Accident Settlement in Texas history
- $205 Million Confidential Settlement Obtained for Numerous Clients
- $171 Million One of the Largest Confidential Settlements in History
- $117 Million Largest Single-Event Personal Injury Verdict in Louisiana History Read This Story
- $116 Million Confidential Settlement
- $110 Million Record Settlement Achieved for Victims of Defective Products
- $105 Million Record Settlement for Dangerous Product Victims
- $97 Million Massive Settlement Secured for Refinery Workers
- $92.7 Million Record Settlement for Burn Injury Victim
- $87 Million Confidential Settlement for Worker Who Suffered Life-Threatening Burn Injuries
- $78 Million Massive Settlement for Severely Injured Client
- $76.6 Million Verdict Won Against Johnson & Johnson Read This Story
- $75 Million Confidential Settlement Achieved on Behalf of Multiple Clients
- $72 Million Record Victory for Severely Injured Worker
- $44 Million The Largest Verdict Ever Won for an Amputee Victim Read This Story
- $41 Million The Largest Commercial Litigation Verdict in Hawaii Read This Story
- $39.7 Million Record Verdict Won for Victim of Industrial Accident Read This Story
- $29 Million The Largest Known Settlement for a Wrongful Death Offshore
- $28 Million Massive Confidential Settlement Obtained
We’ve consistently received the legal industry’s highest honors. We’re proud of these accolades and deeply grateful to the clients who put their trust in us.
"Always bet on justice. It takes a lot of time and resources to win a case against big defendants, and some cases are easier to win than others. But this doesn’t matter at Arnold & Itkin. We take the cases that we must win because it’s the right thing, the ones we have to win—even if it’s hard. Especially if it’s hard." Kurt Arnold Founding Partner Meet Kurt
"People call me when something terrible has happened and they need help. My commitment is to get them that help so that they can rebuild their lives. I understand the stakes are high for my clients. It is personal to my clients, so it is personal to me. We have to win." Jason Itkin Founding Partner Meet Jason
Our secret to winning is this:
we’re never afraid to put in the work.
You’re facing the biggest fight of your life. We don’t have the option to go halfway or be half-committed. If we’re going to fight for you, we’re going all the way. We spare no resource, work around the clock, and push ourselves to the brink. We win because while our opponents can outnumber us or outspend us, they’ve never outworked us.
If an accident makes the news, we get the call. People entrust us with the country’s biggest cases because they know we’ve been in these situations before. We fought and won for the crew of the Deepwater Horizon, the victims of Johnson & Johnson’s faulty medication, and the workers who lived through the nation’s biggest plant explosions. People call us because we know what it’s like to have lives hanging in the balance, and we’re not afraid to take that responsibility on our backs. No matter what.
Who Is Liable for a Train or Railroad Accident?It depends on the accident. If a train takes a curve at a high speed, the train company would be to blame. If a train derails because a railroad track hasn’t been properly maintained, the rail company could be held responsible. In some situations, an accident could be caused by a railroad crossing being unclear, overgrown, or without signage. In those cases, the city or the company responsible for the crossing could be to blame.
What Is FELA?FELA is the Federal Employers Liability Act. Among other things, it allows railroad workers to sue employers and other parties if they’re injured at work due to negligence. The law was passed in 1908 and still forms the basis for numerous railroad accident cases today.
What Causes Train Accidents?Statistically, human error is the single greatest cause of railroad accidents. It’s a direct factor in 36% of accidents, per the Federal Railroad Administration. It is a related factor in numerous other cases. The mechanical causes of train accidents often include defective crossties, poorly lined switches, excessive speed, and brake failure.
Can I Sue an Employer for a Railroad Accident?Under FELA, a railroad employee is permitted to sue their employer for negligence in the event of an accident. Unlike most workers, railroad workers are not typically covered by workers’ compensation. As a result, railroad workers are given the chance to sue an employer for damages if they could prove the employer was at least negligent in part, causing the accident.