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Railroad Accidents
Railroad Accidents

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Attorney at Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers

Accident Attorneys Take on Big Railroads for Injuries Suffered in Virginia, North Carolina or West Virginia

An accomplished team you can count on after a railroad accident

Whether you were injured in a railroad crossing accident or suffered an injury as a railroad worker, you won’t win by fighting railroad companies on your own. Norfolk Southern, CSX, Amtrak and other railroads have massive legal and financial resources at their disposal. You need attorneys who are not afraid to go up against those resources, which is why you should have Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers on your side. We know how to fight effectively for the compensation you deserve.

How Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers can help

Although many disputes are settled in pre-trial negotiations, our Norfolk, Virginia-based railroad accident attorneys John Cooper and Jim Hurley argue your personal injury case in court if that’s what it takes to win. Sometimes, railroad injury or railroad worker accident cases reach a settlement but only after the rail carrier knows your attorney can handle the case in court if needed.

Our Credentials on Railroad Cases

John Cooper has been working for decades with injured railroad workers in Virginia, North Carolina and across the United States. He has also helped people injured in railroad crossing cases and passengers in train wrecks.

He was elected in 2011, 2012 and 2013 to Chair the FELA Litigation Group of the American Association for Justice (the largest plaintiffs’ attorney organization in the United States).

John Cooper is on the list of union designated attorneys for the TCU which is the Carmen's Union. He is a member of the Academy of Rail Labor Attorneys (ARLA).

Our past cases include helping CSX and Norfolk Southern railroad workers who suffered career-ending injuries on the railroads.

Our team has vast experience dealing with:

  • Railroad worker accidents —Through Federal Employers Liability Act (FELA) claims, we fight for compensation if you've been injured on the job. If you have questions, see our railroad worker accident FAQs page. We help railroad workers hurt on the job on freight service such as CSX and Norfolk Southern and passenger services such as Amtrak.
  • Railroad crossing accidents — Cars and trucks cross railroad tracks every day, putting both car and train passengers at risk. Poorly maintained or inadequately marked crossings can lead to serious and even fatal injuries in a railroad crossing accident. Railroad companies do not pay enough attention to "private" grade crossings as they should to avoid train wrecks. If there is a defective barrier or lights, vegetation is obscuring the view, or a train fails to sound a warning, a railroad can be liable for injuries.
  • Railroad passenger injuries — Whether you were a railroad passenger injured while traveling on vacation or on your way to work via Amtrak, commuter rail or Norfolk's Tide, we advocate for your full compensation. In recent years there has been a spate of deadly wrecks on Amtrak and commuter services across the United States.
  • Railroad worker illnesses — Those who work on the railways for many years are exposed to conditions that cause lung disease and repetitive physical stress injuries. Workers have been exposed to asbestos, diesel fumes, coal dust or dangerous chemicals like chlorine. Our law firm knows how to get full compensation for railroad families for cancer or surgeries caused by rail work.

We work with a team of experts to develop strong, aggressive legal strategies and arguments, and we can also help you properly document your condition by recommending physicians who understand both cumulative and traumatic injuries.

Working with a firm that knows railroad worker injuries and FELA laws

By their nature, railroads are dangerous places to work. FELA provides coverage for railway workers, allowing them to obtain compensation from their employer for any injuries suffered on the job caused by the railroad’s negligence.

A wide range of factors can cause workers’ illnesses and injuries, including equipment failure, inhalation of dangerous chemicals, and repetitive motion injuries caused by rough riding trains. Even though railroad companies are aware of these hazards, they often fail to correct them, putting their employees at risk. Whether you work for Norfolk Southern, CSX or Amtrak, we have the power to take on your employer.

Read Our Book About What To Do If You are Injured Working on the Railroad

Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers wrote the book Your Rights When You are Injured on the Railroad. It describes how to make a claim under the FELA legislation if you are a railroad worker who is hurt on the job. You can order it free on our books page.

For experienced and results-oriented railroad injury attorneys, call us for a consultation

We can help you hold railroad companies accountable for negligence, pursuing the compensation you need to make a proper recovery. Contact Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers to discuss the facts of your situation. Call 757.455.0077 or contact us online for help anywhere in Virginia, North Carolina and West Virginia or elsewhere in the country.  We provide free consultations and only get paid if you get compensated.

John Cooper

John Cooper is a veteran of personal injury law practice in Virginia. A native Virginian, he was raised in Norfolk and Virginia Beach. He has more than 20 years of experience handling personal injury cases and recently handled the largest auto accident settlement in 2010, according to VA Lawyers Weekly. The award provided $3.5 million to a child whose young father died when the vehicle he was a passenger in was rear-ended by a careless truck driver.

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Jim Hurley

Jim Hurley has been practicing law throughout Virginia for more than two-and-a-half decades. During his career, he has tried more than 100 jury trials — a staggering number — and handled hundreds more that were settled out of court. He is guided by the principle that the client is in charge of his or her case and should be kept fully aware of the litigation process. Jim has been awarded an AV Rating by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest rating given, for his practice of law. He was named in Virginia Super Lawyers in 2014, 2015, 2016.

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Bill O’mara

Bill O’Mara started his legal career in 2008, moving back to his home town of Chesapeake, VA. He has practiced in the field of plaintiffs’ personal injury and other litigation. He has gained extensive court room and trial experience, including contested trials before judges and juries across Hampton Roads. In 2014, Mr. O’Mara joined Injury Lawyers as an associate attorney. He became a partner in 2017.

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