FELA Injuries

The Federal Employers’ Liability Act (FELA) covers injuries that are sustained by railroad workers (flagmen, brakemen, switchmen, engineers, maintenance of way workers, conductors, signalmen, yardmasters, and other laborers) on the job. Covered injuries include those resulting from sudden accidents, those resulting from cumulative trauma or repetitive trauma required by the job, and those resulting from exposure to noise and toxins in the work place.

Some examples of work-related injuries sustained by railroad workers are spinal cord injuries, lifting injuries to a worker’s back, electrocution, electric shock, SCI, TBI, broken bones, musculoskeletal injuries, dismemberment, paralysis, herniated disk, carpal tunnel syndrome, leukemia caused by benzene exposures on railroads, back injuries, tripping, lung damage, railroad asbestos exposure causing mesothelioma, silicosis exposure, toxic exposures, respiratory conditions, ballast-related lifting injuries, hearing loss, slips, falls, head / brain damage and a wrongful death FELA lawsuit. The FELA Act provides a railroad worker compensation for railroad injuries and legal damages such as medical expenses lost wages, pain and suffering, and partial or permanent disability.

If You Suffer a FELA Railroad Injury

  • If you are injured, the first thing you should do is seek necessary medical care from a doctor of your choice.
  • An accident report must be filled out, but you are not required to do so until you are of sound body and mind. That means that if you are in severe pain or shock or are somehow affected or impaired by any medication you are taking for your injury, you should only agree to fill out the report when you are in better condition.
  • Write down names, addresses and phone numbers of (1) any witnesses to your accident, (2) all those working with you when the accident occurred (including supervisors and co-workers) and (3) anyone you think may have knowledge of unsafe conditions, unsafe practices, broken and worn tools, or faulty equipment of any kind before the accident.
  • Keep a detailed written record of the circumstances of the accident, and document your injuries, the treatment you receive, and the ways in which the injuries affect your life.
  • As soon as you are able, contact your local union representative and legal counsel for advice regarding your rights and your potential claim.
  • Do not give the railroad any statements (written or taped) regarding your accident or injury.
  • Call Toll Free and Talk to a Railroad Injury Attorney at 1-800-883-9858

Consult a Railroad Injury Lawyer – Protect You Legal Rights

If you or a loved one were injured in a railroad-related accident, you should contact a railroad injury lawyer who is knowledgeable in FELA claims. Injured railroad workers and their families need legal assistance to protect their rights. The Willis Law Firm, with principle offices in downtown Houston, Texas, is familiar with the Federal Employers’ Liability Act (FELA) and is privileged and proud to represent injured railroad workers. Mr. Willis is a Board Certified Personal Injury Trial Lawyer certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. He is licensed in Texas and in New York. for a Free FELA Case Evaluation or FELA Injury Evaluation Online or Call Toll Free 1-800-883-9858 Nationwide FELA Assistance is Available.

FELA – article about benefits under law FELA EXPLAINED: 1. What is F.E.L.A.? The Federal Employer’s Liability Act (FELA) was enacted by Congress in 1908 to provide benefits for railroad workers who sustain injuries in the scope of their employment. Unlike state Worker’s Compensation laws which provide benefits on a no-fault basis, FELA. is based on the principles of fault. To recover damages in this type of claim, the injured worker must establish that the railroad caused or in some way, contributed to the accident. FELA damages to which an injured railroad worker is entitled to receive under FELA, are not capped. 2. What requirements must be established for a F.E.L.A. case? There are three basic requirements that an injured railroad worker must establish to recover damages under the Federal Employer’s Liability Act: The accident must have occurred in the course and scope of the worker’s employment with the railroad. The Act does not require that the accident happen on railroad property, as long as the injury occurs in the furtherance of the worker’s employment. The railroad must be engaged in interstate commerce between two (2) or more states. As a result of several court decisions on this issue, almost all of the duties of railroad workers are interpreted as being in furtherance of interstate commerce, thus satisfying this requirement. The railroad must have caused or in some way contributed to the injuries sustained by the worker. 3. What type of damages are recoverable in F.E.L.A. cases? past and future pain and mental suffering; past and future disability ; past and future medical and hospital expenses; past and future lost earnings. There are additional benefits which are recoverable when an accident results in the railroad worker’s death. 4. Is there any time limitation for the filing of a F.E.L.A. case? ANSWER: Yes, a Federal Employer’s Liability Act case must be filed in court within three (3) years of the date of accident. In the case of repetitive stress injuries and occupational diseases, the three (3) year statute of limitations begins to run when the injured worker knew, or reasonably should know, that they may have a work-related injury? We represent Railroad Workers in FELA cases against the railroad companies. We also represent victims in railroad crossing accident cases. If we can help, please call us. FREE CONFIDENTIAL CONSULTATION at 1-800-883-9858 or 1-800-468-4878 (Toll Free)

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