Railroad Accident Lawyer In Atlanta
Railroad accidents can be devastating. From severe injury to lifelong complications and even death, an injury aboard a train can easily result in thousands of dollars in medical expenses and disability accommodations, months of missed wages, and emotional turmoil.
In these situations, you need an attorney who will aggressively advocate for your right to compensation. At Hilley & Frieder, P.C., our Atlanta railroad accident attorneys will work tirelessly to identify the cause of your railroad accident and hold the at-fault entity accountable for your damages. Call us today for a free consultation.
Why Choose Us
- Hilley & Frieder, P.C., is the recipient of multiple awards and belongs to numerous organizations recognizing our dedication to our clients and outstanding performance.
- Our firm will never pass your case to a junior associate or case manager. Our injury attorneys will work closely on your railroad accident claim from consultation to settlement.
- Our attorneys have over 35 years of experience in Georgia personal injury law, developing the skills, and cultivating the resources necessary to advocate aggressively on your behalf.
Common Causes Of Railroad Injuries
When we board a train, we trust that the company and employees in charge will uphold their duty to maintain a safe trip. Unfortunately, many acts of negligence on the part of conductors, engineers and even third-party manufacturers contribute to railroad injuries each year.
Some common causes of railroad accidents include the following:
- Failure to brake in a timely manner
- Mechanical failures and faulty equipment
- Track malfunctions
- Distracted engineers
- Collision with a car, bus or truck
- Collision with another train
- Improper track maintenance
- Train derailment
- Negligence on the part of the train conductor
Understanding the cause of your injury is the first step to collecting the compensation you deserve. You can name multiple at-fault entities in a railroad accident lawsuit, including the company operating the train, a third-party manufacturer, or even a government agency.
What Damages Can You Collect In A Railroad Injury Claim?
In Georgia, you have the right to collect compensation for the damages you sustained in a railroad accident. These damages can include your economic out-of-pocket losses, as well as your intangible non-economic damages.
Economic damages include your past and future medical expenses, including surgeries, medications, physical therapy and disability accommodations. You may also claim compensation for any lost wages and property damage you sustained as a result of the accident, including the loss of future earnings if your injury prevents you from returning to work.
Non-economic damages, on the other hand, involve your physical and mental pain and suffering. As a result, these damages can be difficult to quantify. Your railroad injury lawyer will advise you on the estimated amount of non-economic damages you can claim, which may include the following.
- Mental anguish
- Emotional distress
- Anxiety and depression
- Post-traumatic stress disorder
- Disability and disfigurement
- Chronic pain
In rare instances, you may also qualify for punitive damages. The purpose of these damages is to punish the at-fault party, rather than compensate you for your losses. To receive punitive damages, the at-fault party in your case must display willful misconduct, fraud, malice, wantonness, oppression, or a conscientious disregard for consequences.
For example, if one of the engineers was drunk at the time of the railroad accident and his or her negligence caused your train to derail, the court may consider this willful misconduct and award you with punitive damages.
Contact Hilley & Frieder Today
Are you the victim of a railroad accident in Georgia? Whether you were a passenger or motorist, the accident attorneys at Hilley & Frieder, P.C., can represent your claim. We will guide you through each step of the process so you can focus on your recovery, not complex litigation.