Railroads play a major role in St. Louis and the surrounding areas. Some people rely on this industry for their livelihoods. Many area residents take trains to commute from St. Louis to Chicago, Kansas City, or other Amtrak destinations. Unfortunately, working in the railroad industry or traveling by train can come with risks. Equipment malfunctions, derailments, or exposure to toxic substances can all lead to severe injuries.
When you suffer injuries on the railroad, you deserve to live as comfortably as possible while you recover. A St. Louis railroad injury lawyer at OnderLaw will fight for the compensation you need and support you throughout your healing process.
You may have heard the phrase “Get Jim” on the radio or on television. It’s more than just lip service. Our experienced attorneys know how to hold the big railroad corporations accountable. As members of the community, we care deeply about standing with our friends and neighbors in their times of need. This is about so much more than just a legal battle—this is your life, and we are ready to help you take it back.
Trains that transport passengers are legally considered common carriers. This means railroad companies are required to protect riders. If an injury occurs because the railroad fails to keep people safe, the railroad company is legally liable for all resulting damage.
The St. Louis attorneys at our firm can take the lead in pursuing your railroad accident case and holding the big companies accountable. OnderLaw works with you to thoroughly investigate the incident and obtain the evidence necessary to prove that a railroad was at fault. We can also assist in measuring your losses and seeking compensation for your medical bills, emotional traumas, and lost wages.
Missouri Statute § 516.120 sets a time limit of five years from the date of a train accident for victims to demand compensation. The sooner you reach out to legal counsel after a railroad injury in St. Louis, the sooner we can begin fighting for your rights.
Workers’ compensation coverage protects most employees in St. Louis. However, this does not apply to railroad employees. Because this is such a major industry in every part of the country, Congress enacted laws determining the rights of railroad workers who suffer injuries or illnesses on the job.
This set of laws is called the Federal Employers Liability Act, or FELA. This says that railroad owners are directly liable for injuries or illnesses that impact their workers. Workers do not need to prove that the railroad owner was negligent or otherwise responsible for their losses. Employees may be able to collect compensation by filing lawsuits in a United States District Court. OnderLaw’s railroad accident lawyers can help file these cases on behalf of injured workers.
Railroad accidents can affect anyone, including passengers and workers. Riders may suffer injuries after collisions, derailments, or failing equipment. Employees are also vulnerable to losses due to workplace hazards, exposure to toxic chemicals, or coworkers’ carelessness.
You deserve compensation when you suffer an injury on or near a railroad. Get Jim Onder and get an ally to protect your legal rights. A St. Louis railroad injury lawyer at OnderLaw can help determine the best strategy in your case, whether that involves a personal injury lawsuit or a FELA claim. Our train accident attorneys are ready to listen to your story, explain your legal rights, and fight for what you deserve. Give us a call now to learn how we can be your advocates throughout the process.