The Colvin Law Firm is dedicated to representing people who have been injured as a result of the negligence of others. We have been representing injuring Railway Workers and their families for over 32 years. In the case on a railroad worker who has been injured on the job, negligence is governed by the Federal Employers Liability Act (FELA). Whether you are an engineer, switchman, trainman, brakeman, member of a maintenance gang or track gang, or other railroad employee, if you have been hurt on the job, you may have a FELA claim.
Injuries covered under FELA may include the traumas one generally thinks of as being involved in an accident as well as repetitive-motion injuries, exposures to noxious fumes (including diesel exhausts), vibration injuries, hearing loss, and exposure to hazardous materials such as asbestos and exposures resulting in silicosis, and other such occupational injuries. Additionally, covered injuries may include both new complaints as well as aggravations of pre-existing conditions. FELA requires railroad employers to provide proper training to and a safe workplace for their employees. In cases of negligence that results in injury, employees may seek damages that include medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost wages, and loss of earning capacity.
They are many other special laws that apply to railway workers that could affect your case including the Federal Railway Safety Act, Safety Appliance Act, Locomotive Inspection Act and the Railroad Retirement Act and its important that you hire a lawyer that is familiar with these laws to make sure your interest and that of your family are protected to the full extent of the law.
The New Orleans area is serviced by a number of railroads including, Union Pacific (UP), Kansas City Southern (KCS), Norfolk Southern (NS), Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF), New Orleans Public Belt, and the New Orleans & Gulf Coast Railway. If you are a railroad worker who was injured on the job, we’ll be happy to consult with you on your FELA claim. Mr. Colvin grew in a family of railroad workers—his father was an engineer for the Southern Pacific and his Grandfather worked in maintenance and way for the Southern Pacific, so he understands the special needs of those who work on the railroads. We’ll fight for you to get what you deserve.