Find Lawyers in Augusta, Georgia for Railroad Law
As a young lawyer, Jim Purcell cut his teeth prosecuting felonies in the Augusta Judicial Circuit. His cases ran the gamut from murder and other violent crimes to complex violent crimes to complex fraud prosecutions which resulted in the convictions of public figures. He rose to a position supervising other Assistant District Attorneys as a Chief Assistant District Attorney for the Judicial Circuit. Several dozen reported appellate cases chronicle a lasting legacy of his service to the State ...
While attending the University Of Georgia School Of Law, Mark Wilby began his trial work under the auspices of the Solicitor General of Clarke County. After graduation, Mark continued his litigation practice as a member of the Fulcher Law Firm. Over the years he has handled a broad range of matters including personal injury, employment, construction, commercial, class action and complex transportation litigation in Georgia and South Carolina. While assisting clients from all walks of life and...
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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