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Covering the state of Virginia, Wilson & Hajek, a personal injury law firm, is centrally located in Charlottesville, Virginia. Francis Hajek is an experienced Virginia personal injury attorney and lawyer who provides aggressive representation and personal service to his clients who have suffered injuries. Since 2007, he has been listed in Best Lawyers in America.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Virginia Railroad Employee Injury Requires Experienced Railroad Personal Injury Lawyer

As an experienced railroad personal injury lawyer and attorney, I sometimes receive questions from other personal injury lawyers about railroad employee injury cases that they are reviewing. Although I do not discourage them from taking such cases, I do try to let them know that the practice area of railroad employee injury claims under the FELA (Federal Employer's Liability Act) is not simple and there is a learning curve. I have over 25 years of experience in handling railroad employee injury and wrongful death claims. It is an area of legal practice that requires knowledge of railroad operating practices and procedures. It also requires knowledge of a body of law that is unique. The law that governs railroad employee injury claims has many differences from Virginia personal injury law that controls everyday auto accident injury claims and the like. For instance, the causation requirements in a FELA case are completely different than for all other personal injury claims. If a lawyer for an injured railroad employee can show that the negligence of the railroad was a cause in the slightest of the employee's injury, then the employee is entitled to a verdict. This legal point has to be argued forcefully to the jury as it can make the difference in case ending on a favorable note or on a defense verdict. In most personal injury cases, the negligence must be a proximate cause of the injury. The difference between the two standards is enormous. A seasoned railroad defense lawyer knows that this standard is the injured railroad employee's greatest weapon in a FELA case and if the plaintiff's lawyer does not use it to his advantage, then all can be lost because the liability in a railroad employee injury case can often seem to be marginal or not significant. If you have a railroad employee injury case, please take advantage of a free consultation with my law firm. Francis P. Hajek Wilson & Hajek, LLC, a personal injury law firm Experienced Injury and Accident Lawyers Serving Virginia, including Albemarle, Charlottesville, Fluvanna, Louisa, Madison, Nelson, Orange, Greene, Augusta, Buckingham, Staunton, Waynesboro, Culpepper, Richmond, Norfolk, Portsmouth, Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, Hampton, Newport News

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