Find Lawyers in Denver, Colorado for Railroad Law
Mr. Floyd focuses his practice on transportation, defending railroads in cases that involve toxic exposure, asbestos, grade crossing accidents, the Federal Employers’ Liability Act (FELA), and property litigation. Mr. Floyd moved to Colorado in 2014 and joined Hall & Evans as a Special Counsel. Prior to joining Hall & Evans, he was a firm officer at McLeod Alexander Powel and Apffel.
Cash Parker is a trial attorney. His diverse practice encompasses transportation, hospitality/facilities management, insurance/commercial disputes, and real estate litigation. In his transportation practice, Cash represents national railroad and trucking companies in Federal Employers’ Act Liability (FELA) cases, grade crossing accidents (initial response, investigation, and litigation), toxic exposure claims, traffic accident investigation, and defense. Cash also represents national ho...
Andrew Reitman is a seasoned trial attorney whose practice includes transportation, hospitality/recreation, construction, professional liability, premises liability, and catastrophic personal injury claims in state and federal courts. A former prosecutor, Andrew has tried over thirty civil and criminal cases to juries in Colorado. In his transportation practice, Andrew represents national railroad and trucking companies facing suits involving claims under the Federal Employers’ Liabilit...
Gina Rossi is a trial lawyer with a diverse civil litigation practice that includes transportation, premises liability, products liability, medical malpractice, wrongful death, catastrophic injury claims, hospitality & retail, recreation, construction & design and professional liability. Her personal injury experience is broad, and most recently includes representing national railroad companies facing claims involving the Federal Employers’ Liability Act (FELA), as well as other...
Railroad Law Definition
However, particular to railroads, therefore properly thought of as “Railroad Law,” is litigation in two areas of law: highway/railroad grade crossing litigation and occupational injury litigation under the Federal Employer's Liability Act (FELA), 45 U.S.C. §51, et seq.
Intersections between railroad traffic and highway traffic exist all over the country and are frequently the scene of collisions that result in serious personal injury and property damage, and commensurate litigation. Various provisions of state and federal law along with principles of physics, acoustics, and semiotics affect grade crossing litigation that make it an area of specialization.
A railroad whose business activity affects interstate commerce can be sued under the FELA by its employees who suffer injury from work that is performed in furtherance of interstate commerce. Effectively, this includes most railroads and all of their employees. Claims under the FELA are brought in lieu of claims under state workers’ compensation systems. The types of injuries for which railroads are sued under the FELA include “traumatic” injuries that occur from one or a few incidents and occupational diseases that are claimed to result from a long series of exposures to the disease-causing activity or substance. The FELA has been in effect for more than 100 years, and a specialized body of law has grown up around litigation under the Act.
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