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North Carolina Railroad Accidents
North Carolina Railroad Accidents

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A Law Firm that Protects Your Rights After a North Carolina Railroad Accident

Serving railroad workers and the public injured in railroad accidents

Railroads and rail crossings are inherently dangerous places for railroad workers. Large train cars, heavy machinery, and long hours can lead to serious and preventable accidents. Even for those who do not work on railroads, train crossings and rail yards are treacherous places that are often poorly maintained. If you have been hurt either on the job or at a rail line through other means, you may be entitled to legal recovery for your injuries.

Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers works with clients in North Carolina who have been hurt through the negligence of railroad companies. If you are suffering following an accident or have developed a medical problem from your work at a rail yard, car repair shop, or on a road crew, we can help.

Injuries and illnesses at rail yards

No matter what position you hold, working for a rail company or contractor can be hazardous. However, the Federal Employers Liability Act (FELA) offers protection to all rail employees, regardless of job title. Conductors, brakemen, trackmen, carmen, and engineers are all equally protected.

FELA allows you to file an injury lawsuit for illnesses within three years from the date of a railroad accident. You may be entitled to compensation for:

  • Lung cancer and disease  Dust, fumes, diesel and asbestos or other materials are often encountered in train service or when making repairs to train cars. Damage to your lungs or the onset of lung disease from inadequate safety conditions at a rail or train facility in places like Hamlet or elsewhere may entitle you to compensation.
  • Chemical exposure  Prolonged exposure to certain chemicals, including very common ones found in oil, can result in severe nervous system damage and other serious conditions.
  • Broken bones  Workers who must deal with heavy rail equipment and areas filled with obstacles or other debris risk painful accidents, including fractures.
  • Muscle damage — Even if nothing is broken, unsafe conditions can produce damage to muscles in your back, neck and elsewhere, inhibiting your ability to work and requiring extensive rehabilitation.

Other types of injuries suffered by rail yard workers, track department crafts, and train crews are also eligible for legal recovery.

Railroad crossing accidents are a deadly problem in the Tar Heel State

Raleigh, Rocky Mount, and Hamlet are just a few of North Carolina’s major rail hubs. With so many trains moving through these areas, the chances of a mishap increase. In addition, many of the state’s railroad crossings are in rural areas and are often poorly maintained, presenting a hazard to drivers and others.

The Federal Railroad Administration tracks railroad crossing accidents and documents dozens of people being killed or injured every year. If you or a loved one has been hurt at a train crossing, our attorneys can explain more about the process for legal recovery.

Contact us to find out more about North Carolina law and rail accidents

Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers handles personal injury cases related to railroad accidents throughout Virginia, North Carolina and West Virginia. Our attorneys include John Cooper, the Chair of the FELA Litigation Group of the American Association for Justice.  Contact us at 757.455.0077 or online for a free case evaluation. Our firm offers contingency fees, so you do not owe us anything until you receive payment.

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 Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers as an associate attorney. He became a partner in 2017.

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