The railroad industry presents unique dangers to its employees and workers. In the early 20th century, injuries and fatalities involving railroad workers were at an all-time high. After overwhelming public outcry, the US government passed the Federal Employers’ Liability Act (FELA), a law designed specifically to compensate railroad workers injured while undertaking the duties of their employment.
How Is FELA Different From Workers’ Compensation?
As a railroad worker, Pennsylvania’s Workers’ Compensation Act does not apply to you. Instead, compensation for pain and suffering from injuries sustained on the job is offered through FELA.
FELA gives you, the railroad worker, the right to sue your employer, the railroad, for negligence in both state and Federal courts. Unlike workers’ comp, which is a “no fault” claim in which no parties are found negligent, some negligence on the part of the railroad who employs you must be found.
But the amount of negligence that must be found in this regard is minimal. A railroad accident / FELA attorney must determine that a railroad failed to provide a “reasonably safe place” for you to work. Under FELA, injured railroad workers are entitled to recover considerable damages, including remuneration for lost wages, medical bills, pain and suffering, and a general diminishing of one’s enjoyment of life.
Contact A FELA Attorney In Pennsylvania
Are you the employee of a railroad company who was injured performing the duties of your employment? Do you suspect that the conditions at your workplace were not maintained at reasonable standards? The attorneys at Disability Law Advocates Group, P.C. have over 30 years of experience representing railroad workers injured on the job. Our lawyers have devoted their lives to pursuing professional accountability within the railroad industry.
Leverage our expertise in all aspects of FELA-related injury claims, and secure the justice you deserve. We employ our full range of resources on behalf of every client. For a consultation, call 215.563.0600 or fill out our contact form.