Since workers started laying tracks more than 200 years ago, working for the railroad has been considered a dangerous job. And while the railroad industry is certainly much safer today, it’s still one of the most dangerous industries to work in. However, if you’re a railroad worker who’s been injured on the job, you have a right to pursue compensation under the Federal Employers’ Liability Act (FELA).
In fact, unlike workers’ compensation, which usually only covers medical expenses and partial wages, FELA allows railroad workers to file a claim or a lawsuit for all damages, such as lost wages, current and future medical expenses, benefits, pain and suffering, aggravation of pre-existing conditions, and lower quality of life. And also unlike workers’ compensation, FELA lawsuits are decided by a jury, likely citizens from your own community. You need only establish that negligence on the part of your railroad company contributed to your injury. Even if you were partly responsible for your injury, if you can prove that your railroad company was partly responsible — even only one percent responsible — you have a viable case.
While railroad workers enjoy broad protections under FELA, these cases are not cut and dry, and, in fact, they can be incredibly complex, with multiple parties involved in a single case. FELA cases are a highly specialized area of law, and it’s crucial that you hire an experienced attorney to represent you. Railroad companies will use the full weight of their resources to reduce claims and fight lawsuits, and there are numerous f