Railroad Accidents — Houston and Gulf Coast

Railroad employees enjoy added legal protections under the provisions of the Federal Employers Liability Act (FELA). FELA was first proposed and passed into law in 1906 but did not survive a test of its constitutionality in the U.S. Supreme Court. However, a 1908 version of FELA corrected previous problems and stood up to judicial scrutiny to become the law of the land.

Today, FELA protections allow railroad workers who are injured due to unsafe working conditions, accidents, or negligence on the part of their employers to claim compensation for damages, and pain and suffering caused by these hazards at the workplace.

At Burwell Nebout Trial Lawyers, we have substantial experience as railroad accident trial lawyers. We can provide solid representation for railway workers injured in the course of their duties anywhere in the Greater Houston area, including League City, Texas City and Galveston. Our high-caliber legal team has over 45 years of combined experience handling complex work injury cases, and our firm has been serving injury victims and families in Southern Texas since 1970.

Risks for Railway Workers in Texas

A number of major train accidents and derailments have made Texas headlines in recent years:

  • May 28, 2002: Two BNSF Railway trains collide in Clarendon, Texas. Three workers were injured and one died after jumping from the train prior to impact.
  • June 28, 2004: A Union Pacific train collides with a BNSF Railway train, causing the derailment of cars from both trains. One of the Union Pacific tank cars was punctured during the collision and allowed liquefied chlorine to vaporize, killing the conductor and two residents while injuring 51 people.
  • November 11, 2004: A Union Pacific train derailment killed one warehouse worker in San Antonio.
  • November 15, 2012: Four people died and 16 were injured when a Union Pacific train struck a parade float en route to Midland, Texas.

For workers who have suffered injuries due to these and similar incidents, including rail yard accidents, we can provide the legal representation necessary to obtain fair compensation from employers under the provisions of FELA protection.

Ongoing Issues in the Railroad Environment

Although hazards in the workplace are unlikely to attract national attention or news headlines, many Texas railway workers face serious threats to their health and safety due to dangerous conditions, exposure to toxic chemicals, and other risk factors in the working environment.

Enlisting the help of our nonunion legal team can help railway employees hold employers accountable for unsafe working conditions and can provide added incentives for implementing a modern safety plan.

By discussing the situation with a lawyer at Burwell Nebout Trial Lawyers, you may be able to make a positive impact on behalf of your colleagues and the industry as a whole.

Please contact us today to schedule a free consultation with one of our attorneys to discuss your situation and determine the right way to proceed in pursuing your case in and out of court.