Have you been hurt in an accident involving the Metrolink, the commuter train serving Los Angeles and surrounding communities in Southern California? Whether you were a railroad worker, a passenger or a bystander, you have a right to seek compensation for all your losses, from wages and income to medical expenses to physical pain and suffering.
The Rights of Railroad Workers
As a railroad employee, you have coverage under the Federal Employers Liability Act (FELA), which requires your employer to compensate you for any losses sustained when you are hurt on the job. A claim under FELA will typically be your only recourse, as you won’t be eligible to file a workers’ compensation claim. To recover damages under FELA, you must show that the owner or operator of the railroad was partially liable for your injuries.
Injuries Suffered by Passengers or Third Parties
Passengers and third parties can be injured in a variety of ways, from derailments or car-train collisions to injuries caused by sudden braking or failure to properly regulate the speed of a train. The causes of train accident injuries can include mechanical failure, human error, poor maintenance and negligent design or manufacture of equipment or parts.
As a passenger or third party injured in a Metrolink accident, you have a right to seek compensation for damages under federal law. To succeed in such a claim, you must be able to show that the railroad company either took action or failed to take action that led to your injury.
Contact the Law Offices of J. Lewis & Associates
To discuss your legal needs with an experienced Riverside Metrolink train injury lawyer, contact our office online or call us toll-free at 1-800-228-0507. There is no charge for your initial consultation. Se Habla Espanol.