On May 10, fire erupted at the Alamo Junction Rail Park in Bexar County, Texas, in a facility designated for the cleaning of rail cars. Connecticut residents should know that a man was cleaning crude oil in a rail car when something caused a spark, leading to a flash fire and then an explosion.
Connecticut residents may have heard about the 2016 NJ Transit crash that killed one passenger and injured more than 100 others. The impact made part of the station's roof collapse. There were two conductors on that train, both of whom were injured. One sued NJ Transit in June of 2018. The other filed his suit in March of 2019.
Railroad workers in Connecticut might want to know about a recent decision by the U.S. Supreme Court. The nation's highest court ruled on a case concerning whether lost wage payments to injured railroad workers are taxable.
Connecticut residents who regularly take the train know how serious a railway accident can become. In February 2018, an Amtrak passenger train crashed into a parked CSX train just outside of Columbia, South Carolina, killing two train workers and injuring a total of 116 people.
Connecticut residents may be interested to know that the 3rd Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals has ruled against a railroad worker who was suing NJ Transit for injuries suffered on the job. The judges claimed that the worker could not sue under the Federal Employers Liability Act because the transit authority was an arm of the state and had immunity. The decision could leave countless rail employees in Connecticut, New Jersey and beyond without legal protection in the event of an injury on the job.
Railroad workers in Connecticut should know about an injury case in Lancaster County, Neb., that ended with the jury awarding an employee of BNSF Railway a multimillion-dollar verdict. The Federal Employers' Liability Act case started on Jan. 7 and ended Jan. 16.
New York residents may be interested to learn that a former railway maintenance worker was awarded $1.63 million by a California state court jury on Jan. 10. The maintenance worker filed a lawsuit against his former employer BNSF Railway Co. after getting hurt on the job. His final payout dwarfed BNSF's pre-trial settlement offer of $50,000.
Personal injury is a serious matter, so it is important that railroad employees living in New York be aware of the legal recourse at their disposal should they get injured at the job: filing a claim under FELA. Unfortunately, the process of filing under FELA can be a bit convoluted, making it difficult to know what's to follow. Therefore, it is worth taking the time to understand how the process unfolds.
Railroad workers in Connecticut must contend with numerous workplace hazards on the job. When accidents and injuries happen, disputes about liability could emerge as was the case when a railroad company countersued two injured employees who had filed a personal injury claim against the company. In a 2-1 decision, a state-level appeals court agreed with the lower court decision that had rejected the employer's countersuit for damages.
Railroad workers in Connecticut are probably familiar with the Federal Employers Liability Act, one of the first mandates every passed by the U.S. Congress. Ever since it was enacted in 1906, the act has sought to protect railroad employees from misconduct and negligence on their employers' part and has compensated those employees who incur injuries.