Railroad Injuries & FELA claims
Since the industrial revolution in the 19th century, it has been generally known that workers in the railroad industry are exposed to great risk and hazard from accidents on the jobsite.
In 1906, the federal government acknowledged that risk by enacting the Federal Employees Liability Act, commonly referred to as "FELA".
Through FELA, federal workers in the railroad industry have the chance to get compensation in court for pain and suffering, past and future medical expenses, lost past income and lost ability to work in the future. In the case of death on the job, the family of a railroad worker also can secure compensation which can even include the value of lost advice and assistance to minor children.
All railroads must adhere to federal standards providing for safety on the job site. These standards require appropriate proper safety rules, equipment, and training. Failure to follow these rules or maintain unsafe working conditions—which leads to the death or injury of a railroad worker from an accident—does expose the railroad to liability for compensation to the injured railway worker.
Even where the railroad worker is partly responsible for the accident, the railroad will still be obligated to pay compensation to the extent that the fault of the railroad caused the accident. For example, if the accident was 60% the fault of the railroad worker, he or she can still recover 40% of any damages from the accident.
It is important to know that the FELA standards for recovery are even more relaxed and easier to meet than the usual negligence cases brought in most state courts. But, the railroads are prepared to defend these claims and have experienced counsel standing by who are thoroughly familiar with the applicable rules and regulations. So, if you are railroad worker and you have been hurt on the job, you should immediately consult with a competent attorney who knows and understands FELA claims.
The Greenberg Law Firm, LLP can help you get fair and just compensation from your FELA clam. We know and understand these cases and can guide you through a court system which can be intimidating and unforgiving without the prompt assistance of conscientious counsel.