If you are a railroad employee who is injured in a train accident, you have certain rights under the Federal Employers Liability Act (FELA). If this has happened to you, it is important to understand the special protection this law covers.
What Is FELA?
The Federal Employers Liability Act (FELA) is a set of national laws enacted in the early 1900s to protect the rights of railroad workers. It was created with the hope of reducing accident rates and establishing uniform safety standards in the industry.
Under this set of laws, men and women who work for railroad companies have certain rights if injured while on the job and regardless of whether or not you work directly with train cars. In some situations, you may be entitled to a claim if you contracted an occupational disease while a railroad.
FELA differs from workers' compensation laws in that you must demonstrate how your injuries resulted from your employer’s negligence. It must be shown that the railroad is guilty of a lack of due care. The expertise of a FELA attorney can be a critical element in securing evidence and proving fault.
The experienced team of trial attorneys at Duncan Firm is well versed in FELA and has a firm grasp of the intricacies of state and federal laws that pertain to trains and railroad crossing. If you think you may have a case, call 877-638-6226 or contact us online today to discuss your legal rights and options. Our team would be pleased to schedule a free consultation at our Little Rock office.