Railroad Workers High Risk of Mesothelioma from Asbestos Exposure

Mesothelioma is an asbestos-related cancer that usually affects the protective lining of the lungs or abdomen. Inhaling or swallowing airborne asbestos is the number one cause of mesothelioma over a long period of time. People who have been diagnosed with this form of cancer should contact an experienced Virginia railroad injury attorney to explore what legal options they may have. […]

How Do Railroad Accidents Happen?

Railroad accidents are not as frequent as other types of transportation accidents.  As a result, most people may not see them as a serious risk of injury.  While trains may be viewed as symbols of a bygone era, they are still actively used throughout the United States, often as trams, commuter trains, metros, and subways.  In fact, America is home […]

Can I Sue if I Was Injured in a Railroad Accident?

In 2023, more than 21,100 train accidents took place at highway-railroad grade crossings. These accidents frequently leave victims with devastating financial, emotional, and physical injuries. As with any personal injury accident, if it was the result of another person’s wrongdoing or negligence, you are entitled to compensation.  If you have been seriously injured in a train accident, you deserve to […]

What Are My Rights if I Was Injured in a Train Derailment?

Due to their speed and size, train accidents usually involve a considerable amount of damage. When a train transporting hazardous materials derails, it can lead to explosions, fires, damage to the environment, and costly clear-up efforts. According to the Federal Railroad Administration, derailments are the most common type of train accident, with 135,507 taking place since 1975. If you were […]

Shapiro, Washburn & Sharp Bright Futures Scholarship

Since 1985, the lawyers affiliated with Shapiro, Washburn & Sharp have dedicated their practice to helping people when they need it most and to fighting against injustice in the civil trial practice. Our personal injury attorneys have spent almost four decades fighting for clients who are unable to fight for themselves and seek to balance the scales of civil justice. […]

Do I Have to See the Company Doctor for My Railroad Injury?

When you are injured during your employment as a railroad worker, the first thing you need to do is see a doctor. Since many workers are unfamiliar with the distinctions between workers’ comp and the Federal Employers’ Liability Act they assume that, like workers’ compensation, you can only visit a doctor who has been approved by the rail company. This […]

What Hazardous Chemical Solvents Are Railroad Workers Commonly Exposed To?

Railroads are hazardous working environments. Every day, employees are in danger of being seriously injured by derailments, being struck by trains, using poorly maintained equipment, and slip-and-falls. Those who are employed by major railway companies like Union Pacific, CSX, or Norfolk Southern are also routinely exposed to toxic chemicals and substances that can cause permanent damage to their health and […]