Mark j Zanobini

Practice Areas: Railroad Accidents

Trains are unforgiving pieces of equipment and train tracks are equally treacherous. During 2006, train accidents caused over 900 fatalities and well more than 8,200 injuries nationwide, according to the Federal Railroad Administration. These figures include accidents involving railroad employees, highway-railroad crossing accidents, injuries to those aboard passenger trains and those injured while walking on or near railroad tracks. From our office in San Francisco, we represent clients injured in railroad and switchyard accidents throughout California.

FELA Lawyers for Injured Rail Workers
Railroad employees are not eligible to receive workers' compensation benefits. Instead, their on-the-job injuries are covered by the Federal Employees Liability Act (FELA). Enacted in 1908, FELA protects the rights of all injured railroad workers, even those who do not work in or around a train. However, unlike injured workers covered by no-fault, workers' compensation insurance, injured railroad workers must prove that their employer's negligence caused their injury. Whether they work in an office job or a switching station, we can help seriously injured railroad workers obtain the full amount of financial compensation they deserve. Mr. Zanobini successfully represented a switchman who was run over by a locomotive in a switch yard losing his right leg. Initially the company denied liability under FELA and offered only worker’s compensation benefits. After a hard fought battle, the worker was properly compensated under FELA obtaining a 2.3 million dollar settlement.

Negligence on Passenger Trains
Our law firm also represents injured railroad passengers, those injured in railroad crossing accidents and other victims of negligence. For example, Mr. Zanobini represented the family of an 81-year-old passenger on an Amtrak train who was looking for the door to the restroom. He instead opened an exterior door that had been left unlatched and was sucked out of the train. Mr. Zanobini also represented the family of a Richmond, California man who was run down by an Amtrak train while trying to cross unprotected and unsafe tracks.

The Law Office of Mark J. Zanobini represents train accident victims on a contingency basis, so you will pay no attorney's fees at all unless we win financial compensation in your railroad accident claim.


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