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Doyle Dennis LLP Files Lawsuit Against Union Pacific Railroad Company
The legal system is designed to protect people from harm and ensure that companies are held accountable for their actions. When things go wrong, individuals can turn to the courts to seek compensation for damages incurred. Doyle Dennis LLP and the Youngdahl Law Firm, P.C. recently filed suit on behalf of a railroad conductor.
The client’s case arises from an accident that occurred on February 10, 2023, when he was working as a conductor for Union Pacific in Green River, Wyoming. As he was walking into the Union Pacific yard office by the way of the parking lot, he slipped on ice and fell to the floor, sustaining sever injuries to his left ankle and body in general. The accident was caused by Union Pacific’s failure to maintain its parking lot properly. Union Pacific created hazardous conditions for its employees.
Doyle Dennis LLP’s client’s petition is filed under the Federal Employers’ Liability Act (FELA), which governs workplace injuries for railroad workers engaged in interstate commerce.
The petition outlines two causes of action against Union Pacific. The first is FELA negligence. Specifically, Doyle Dennis LLP’s client has alleged that Union Pacific failed to provide him with a reasonably safe place to work, safe working conditions, and proper equipment required to preform his duties. Doyle Dennis LLP’s client has also alleged that Union Pacific did not warn him of the unsafe workplace conditions of which it knew, or in the exercise of reasonable care, should have known, and did not provide him with sufficient and proper assistance.
The second cause of action is the violation(s) of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) regulations. OSHA has promulgated federal regulations that set forth safety standards governing icy surface conditions in the workplace. Union Pacific violated these regulations, and each of the violations was the legal cause of Doyle Dennis LLP’s client’s injuries.
The damages caused by this incident are significant and permanent. Doyle Dennis LLP’s client’s injuries will have a serious effect on his health and well-being for the rest of his life. Prior to the accident, he was a person of sound and robust health and physical strength.
In sum, Doyle Dennis LLP’s client’s petition against Union Pacific Railroad company seeks compensation for damages incurred due to the company’s failure to maintain a safe working environment. This case illustrates the importance of work place safety and the consequences of not following established regulations and rules. While accidents can happen, companies have a responsibility to ensure their employees are not put in hazardous situations due to negligence or lack of care.
If you are a railroad worker who has suffered an injury as a result of your employer’s negligence or the negligence of another party, contact our law firm today. Doyle Dennis LLP is proud to provide free evaluations to potential clients. Doyle Dennis LLP also offers services on a contingent fee basis, which means that if we accept your case, we do not receive compensation or payment until you do.