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THE FEDERAL EMPLOYERS LIABILITY ACT (FELA) AND RAILROAD WORKER INJURIES

One hundred years ago, Congress secured basic on-the-job injury protection for railroad workers with passage of the Federal Employers’ Liability Act (FELA).  The Act states that if the railroader is injured on the job, then the railroad company must compensate the injured for damages caused by its carelessness and negligence. Today, the railroader still has rights under the FELA. Under the Act the railroader may be entitled to damages including lost wages, medical bills, pain, suffering, and mental anguish, lost benefits, scarring and other related damages. Additionally, the Act protects families of railroaders killed on the job by providing compensation to surviving family members for lost wages and other support lost as a result of a loved one’s negligently caused death.

The FELA is a fault-based law that requires the railroad worker to prove railroad negligence in order to recover money damages for work injuries.  Even if the railroader is partially to blame for their own injuries, the railroad still must compensate the railroader in proportion to the company’s fault.

The law is complex and must be carefully navigated. With over 25 years of working with railroaders here at Crumley Roberts our teams know what railroaders are going through and are ready to Stand Up for You!

If you have questions please contact us here at Crumley Roberts and we will have a confidential discussion regarding your rights.

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