Find Lawyers in Arkansas, United States for Railroad Law
Jamie Huffman Jones is a partner in the Litigation Practice Group and a member of the Firm’s Management Committee. Jamie advocates for clients in jury and bench trials involving a variety of claims, including mass tort, catastrophic injury, wrongful death, business and commercial disputes, class actions, and automotive commercial disputes. Jamie handles FELA and regulatory litigation for the largest Class One freight railroad in the country and Section 1983/Constitutional litigation for...
Scott H. Tucker is head of the firm’s Railroad Practice Group. He and his section represents the two largest Class One freight railroads in the country and the National Railroad Passenger Corporation (Amtrak) in their Arkansas litigation. He has extensive experience representing railroads in cases involving grade crossing accidents, employee injuries, and trespasser strikes. Scott is listed in The Best Lawyers in America and in Arkansas’s Top Lawyers in AYMagazine for Railroad Law...
Frederick S. Ursery’s practice is focused on litigation for clients in a broad variety of industries. He is a Fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers and previously served as its state chair. He is the past president of the Arkansas Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates.Fred is listed in The Best Lawyers of America for Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants, Litigation - Labor & Employment, Employment Law - Management and Railroad Law and was named the 2019 "Lawy...
Kathy McCarroll joined the firm in 2014 as a member of the Litigation Group. Her practice focuses on business litigation, personal injury defense, railroad law, products liability defense and appellate advocacy. In 2019, Mid-South Super Lawyers listed Kathy as a “Rising Star.” Prior to law school, Kathy enjoyed a successful career in communications with an emphasis on speechwriting. Kathy got her start in speechwriting while working on a U.S. presidential campaign. She later becam...
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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