By John Cooper, Railroad Injury/FELA Attorney
One of my main areas of specialty is railroad-related injury and wrongful death cases.
Typically, I represent railroad workers in their cases against the company based upon unsafe work conditions that cause someone to be seriously hurt and often permanently knocked out of their job.
These industrial accidents in the railroad have a long history. I was just reading with my son about some of the railroad industry origins back in the 1880s. Over 100 years ago there were 700,000 workers in the railroad industry across America and annually 20,000 or more of those workers would get hurt on the job and 2,000 of them would die a year from unsafe conditions in their railroad work.
These numbers are staggering. It was a result of the railroad industry being so dangerous that the FELA law was put into effect to prevent workers on the railroad and to get them some compensation when they get hurt on the job. Although the total number of workers’ injuries and deaths is less today than in the 1880s, the railroad work is still incredibly dangerous.
Part of the danger is just from the size and speed of a lot of the moving equipment with locomotives and cars weighing hundreds of thousands of pounds. Amputation of legs, arms and fingers are commonplace in railroad work.
Although the owners of today’s railroad companies like Norfolk Southern and CSXT are not quite as villainous as the robber barons of the 1880s, they still are more concerned about profits than worker safety. Recently I reported on how the railroads are stalling on bringing in new safety systems that could save lives.
The railroad industry is forced to pay a railroad worker or his family when they get hurt or killed on the job as a result of the railroad’s negligence. However, the owners and CEOs that run these companies just look at that as a cost of doing business knowing that they’re going to chew up and spit out a certain number of workers each year to keep the trains running on time.
The Norfolk, Virginia Beach and Hampton railroad injury/FELA law firm, Cooper Hurley, handles railroad worker’s injuries and injuries on rail crossings in Virginia, North Carolina and West Virginia, as well as automobile, truck, and motorcycle injuries and slip and fall cases, wrongful death and medical malpractice. John Cooper and Jim Hurley have over 40 years of combined experience in handling serious injury claims. Attorney John Cooper has been named to Virginia “Super Lawyers” since 2010.
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