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Skilled representation for injured railroad workers throughout NJ

Railroad workers have strenuous, dangerous jobs. When a railroad worker sustains an injury on the job, he or she has the right to file an injury claim under the Federal Employers’ Liability Act (FELA) which was enacted to compensate railroad workers on federal railroads that cross state lines who are injured on the job, and workers who are diagnosed with occupational diseases such  as lung cancer or mesothelioma from asbestos exposure. Under terms of the act, the worker can sue for damages against all parties found liable for negligence or misconduct, which can include his or her employer and equipment manufacturer if the equipment is found to be dangerous or defective.

If you are a railroad worker covered under the FELA and were injured while working on the job in New Jersey, or you reside in New Jersey, talk to a FELA railroad injury attorney at Eichen Crutchlow Zaslow, LLP. We are experienced FELA trial attorneys who understand the complexities of filing a successful NJ personal injury lawsuit.

More about FELA

The FELA was enacted in 1908 to combat the unacceptably high accident and injury rate within the railroad industry because the railroads seemed to have failed at developing safety mechanisms to keep workers safe. The FELA is the exclusive remedy for most claims an employee may have against his [or her] employer. A FELA case may be brought in either federal or state court according to the Brotherhood of Railroad Signalmen.

FELA is not the same as workers’ compensation. An injured worker can collect under FELA if there is evidence that the injury was caused by the railroad’s negligence, or the failure of the railroad to provide safe working conditions. While workers’ compensation is a no-fault program, FELA requires that the claimants prove fault on their employer’s part or their claim will be denied.

The railroad employee may not be required to prove negligence if the railroad violated certain safety regulations or failed to provide specific safety equipment.

The statute of limitations for a FELA action is either three years from the date of the injury, or in the case of occupational diseases, three years from when the disease was found to be caused by occupational exposure.

Examples of typical railroad accident injuries

The following are examples of some of the typical examples railroad workers might be exposed to in their daily work:

  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Bone fractures
  • Traumatic amputation
  • Burn injuries
  • Crush injuries
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Death

Occupational diseases for railroad workers might include:

  • Mesothelioma
  • Lung cancers
  • Hodgkin’s disease
  • Melanoma
  • Repetitive stress
  • Hearing loss
  • Lead poisoning
  • Leukemia
  • Asbestosis

Causes of railroad accidents in NJ

Railroad employees can file lawsuits against their employers seeking damages for their illnesses and injuries. Some of the more common causes for such lawsuits include:

  • Lack of protective equipment
  • Defective safety equipment or devices
  • Inadequate training
  • Negligent enforcement of safety rules
  • Violation of federal safety regulations
  • Unsafe working conditions

What damages are available in a FELA lawsuit?

The amount of damages an injured railroad worker might expect to receive will depend on the nature and extent of the injury. Those damages can include:

  • Medical expenses past and future related to the workplace accident
  • Pain and suffering
  • Lost wages
  • Diminished earning capacity
  • Loss of enjoyment of life
  • Emotional distress
  • Death benefits

Your workplace injury attorney will prepare a strong case on your behalf to ensure that you can obtain the maximum compensation available.

A well-earned reputation for FELA claims litigation

You may not know whether you have a legitimate claim for damages for your injury until you learn your rights. We will take the time to evaluate the circumstances of your railroad accident and explain your options. We have built our success on integrity. Our NJ work injury lawyers will not accept a FELA case unless we are confident we can help you recover full and fair money damages for your injuries.

If you have suffered a railroad-related workplace injury, you may have questions about your rights and the legal options available to you for pursuing compensation for your injuries and losses. At Eichen Crutchlow Zaslow, we are here to help you hold the railroad responsible for your injuries or occupational disease. Our team of NJ workplace injury attorneys has secured more than $500 million in verdicts and settlements for our injured clients. We have been successful in representing high-profile clients, but we never lose sight of the care and attention that every client requires. We listen to your story, learn your name, and understand your goals for your injury claim. We return your calls within 24-hours and you will always know what is happening with your case.

You will benefit from our designation by the Supreme Court of New Jersey as Certified Civil Trial Attorneys, and we are accredited by the Better Business Bureau.

Injured while working for a railroad? Call us for help

Our New Jersey work injury lawyers at Eichen Crutchlow Zaslow, LLP advise and represent clients in personal injury and wrongful death claims throughout New Jersey. Call our office at 732-384-1331 or contact us online to arrange a free consultation with an experienced New Jersey Federal Employers’ Liability Act lawyer. We maintain offices in Red Bank, Edison, and Toms River, for your convenience.

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"The list is LONG of the wonderful things that I can say about Barry, Maria (his assistant) & the rest of the folks that I had the HONOR of spending time with during my case. I brought my case to another lawyer that told me that I have no case, yet Barry was not only able to WIN, but he WON a substantial amount! Lawyers have awful reputations, but Barry defies every single one of them! Barry Eichen genuinely CARES about his clients!! NOTHING was too much to ask for – there was no such thing as too many phone calls! Without a doubt, I was in the BEST HANDS with Barry as my attorney! I not only WON my lawsuit, but I also WON lifelong FRIENDS!"

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"The list is LONG of the wonderful things that I can say about Barry, Maria (his assistant) & the rest of the folks that I had the HONOR of spending time with during my case. I brought my case to another lawyer that told me that I have no case, yet Barry was not only able to WIN, but he WON a substantial amount! Lawyers have awful reputations, but Barry defies every single one of them! Barry Eichen genuinely CARES about his clients!! NOTHING was too much to ask for – there was no such thing as too many phone calls! Without a doubt, I was in the BEST HANDS with Barry as my attorney! I not only WON my lawsuit, but I also WON lifelong FRIENDS!"

I have to say he is a great person.

"I had a bad accident back in June of 2015. My dad knows Barry. I have to say he is a great person. I was unsatisfied with some things that were happening with a previous lawyer and he made sure everything was fixed and I was satisfied. My lawyer Edward McElroy is great he answers emails in a timely matter even on weekends. I know they probably used to get annoyed with me calling all the time Lol. But I was just curious to what is going on with my case. Nicole, Ed’s secretary is great. She always responds back to my emails in a timely matter as well and even checks up on things with me from time to time. Barry recently became my mother and cousins Lawyer do to a bad accident they were involved in as well. I would highly recommend this firm. Thanks guys 🙂"

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"I had a bad accident back in June of 2015. My dad knows Barry. I have to say he is a great person. I was unsatisfied with some things that were happening with a previous lawyer and he made sure everything was fixed and I was satisfied. My lawyer Edward McElroy is great he answers emails in a timely matter even on weekends. I know they probably used to get annoyed with me calling all the time Lol. But I was just curious to what is going on with my case. Nicole, Ed’s secretary is great. She always responds back to my emails in a timely matter as well and even checks up on things with me from time to time. Barry recently became my mother and cousins Lawyer do to a bad accident they were involved in as well. I would highly recommend this firm. Thanks guys 🙂"

Mr. Zaslow is truly the best.

"The loss of my husband due to malpractice was and is devastating, Daryl took on our case and said, “Unfortunately I can’t bring your husband back but I can make sure that you will be ok financially,” and that is what he did , with compassion and dedication and always made feel like he had time for me, I never felt rushed or unimportant, I cannot say enough about how professional yet caring this office has treated me . Mr. Zaslow is truly the best at what he does and I can’t say enough about his secretary who not only kept me informed but listened to me during the most painful time of my life , all I can say is what a great team . Thank you Daryl for helping me . Thank you Heather for listening."

~ C.C.

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~ C.C.

"The loss of my husband due to malpractice was and is devastating, Daryl took on our case and said, “Unfortunately I can’t bring your husband back but I can make sure that you will be ok financially,” and that is what he did , with compassion and dedication and always made feel like he had time for me, I never felt rushed or unimportant, I cannot say enough about how professional yet caring this office has treated me . Mr. Zaslow is truly the best at what he does and I can’t say enough about his secretary who not only kept me informed but listened to me during the most painful time of my life , all I can say is what a great team . Thank you Daryl for helping me . Thank you Heather for listening."

Daryl Zaslow went to bat for him

"When, at age 44 my son suffered a massive Ischemic stroke, my greatest concern was how he would be able to live a normal life without the use of his speech and his arm. Daryl Zaslow went to bat for him and through his tireless efforts, his medical knowledge and his sincere concern for my son, Mr. Zaslow secured for my son a future not only without financial worries, but with hope and happiness. There are no words to express the thanks of our family to a great lawyer."

~ Client

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2018-10-31T17:48:36+00:00

~ Client

"When, at age 44 my son suffered a massive Ischemic stroke, my greatest concern was how he would be able to live a normal life without the use of his speech and his arm. Daryl Zaslow went to bat for him and through his tireless efforts, his medical knowledge and his sincere concern for my son, Mr. Zaslow secured for my son a future not only without financial worries, but with hope and happiness. There are no words to express the thanks of our family to a great lawyer."

Very very pleased with the service and professionalism.

"Very very pleased with the service and professionalism of this law firm. I really felt that my case was very important to them and went to every length to achieve the best outcome possible. Or attorney really went to bat for me and his staff was very professional and courteous. Highly recommended. Thank you again for a great outcome !!"

~ M.M.

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"Very very pleased with the service and professionalism of this law firm. I really felt that my case was very important to them and went to every length to achieve the best outcome possible. Or attorney really went to bat for me and his staff was very professional and courteous. Highly recommended. Thank you again for a great outcome !!"

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"Great firm took me right in and sat with me and understood my case, unlike other attorneys I had seen. This is a 5 star firm."

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I would highly recommend his firm.

"Mr. Eichen handled a motorcycle accident for me in 2002, as well as various other cases since that time. I have permanent injuries from that accident and he was able to resolve my case for the full policy limits and get me compensation as quickly as possible. I would highly recommend his firm."

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"Mr. Eichen handled a motorcycle accident for me in 2002, as well as various other cases since that time. I have permanent injuries from that accident and he was able to resolve my case for the full policy limits and get me compensation as quickly as possible. I would highly recommend his firm."
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