Boston Train Accident Lawyers Dedicated to Helping Victims
For over 35 years, the Naumes Law Group has represented people harmed by careless companies or individuals, occupational hazards, and dangerous products. Based in the Boston area, our train accident lawyers offer individualized representation throughout each step of a claim, from initial filing until its resolution. We firmly believe that each client deserves responsive representation that is tailored to their personal goals. If you need legal assistance following a railroad accident, a diagnosis of mesothelioma or an occupational disease, the loss of a loved one, or another accident, you should not hesitate to reach out to us to find out more about your legal rights. There is no charge for an initial consultation, and we generally handle our cases on a contingent fee basis.
When railroad employees are injured in a train accident, seeking compensation for their harm may be more complicated than with a traditional personal injury claim. Railroad employees are not governed by the Massachusetts workers’ compensation law but instead receive certain rights under the Federal Employers’ Liability Act (FELA). Under this law, workers may file a claim against a negligent employer for injuries sustained while acting in the scope of employment. To qualify for compensation, a railroad employee must establish that they were employed by a railroad engaged in interstate commerce, that the accident occurred during the course of employment, and that the railroad’s negligence was the cause of their injuries.
FELA claims also may involve provisions contained in other laws and regulations, such as the Safety Appliance Act, the Boiler Inspection Act, or the Power Brake Law, violations of which may give rise to a worker’s claim. The Boston train accident lawyers at the Naumes Law Group have experience litigating these complicated cases, gathering evidence, and pursuing the appropriate liable parties. Our goal is to make sure that employees receive proper compensation for serious injuries that may require a lengthy recovery period or make future work difficult.
Occupational Injuries and Diseases
Many people who have worked in the railroad industry have had long-term exposure to materials known to contain asbestos, such as brake and friction products, flooring, gaskets, and insulation. As a result of this exposure, workers unfortunately may develop occupational diseases like asbestosis and mesothelioma. Asbestosis refers to a condition whereby scarring is present in an individual’s lungs or their lining, usually leading to shortness of breath in sufferers. Asbestos exposure may also lead to mesothelioma, a cancer affecting the outer lining of the lungs and chest, which is not currently treatable. Since asbestos manufacturers and railroads knew of the risks associated with exposure but failed to warn of these dangers, victims and families affected by these diseases may pursue claims against responsible parties.
Identifying the source of an asbestos-related disease typically requires presenting expert testimony, testing various materials, and gathering other evidence to show the necessary link between a diagnosed illness and its cause. Since expanding his practice to include occupational disease and mass tort litigation in 1985, Robert T. Naumes has assisted thousands of asbestos victims in claims to seek damages for their illnesses. The Naumes Law Group also assists clients pursuing claims related to job-related carpal tunnel syndrome, acute myelogenous leukemia, hearing loss, and chemical exposures.
When manufacturers place unreasonably dangerous products on the market, consumers are at risk of serious injuries or death from their use. Manufacturers of defective products may be held strictly liable for any harm that results. If a product suffers from a design defect that results in a risk of use that is outweighed by the product’s intended benefits, serious injuries may occur. Defective medical devices or medications also hold a significant risk of harm for patients relying on their effectiveness to treat preexisting illnesses. Manufacturers also have a duty to warn consumers about known dangers associated with their products. When companies fail to adhere to this duty, they should be held liable for any injuries or deaths that result. The Naumes Law Group represents consumers who have been harmed by companies responsible for putting hazardous products, medications, and devices on the market, such as Xarelto, Bair Hugger surgical blankets, and IVC filters, without providing proper warnings of their dangers.
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