If you work on the railroad, you know how dangerous it can be. Even with safety measures in place, accidents can happen, and when they do, the consequences can be devastating. Fortunately, the Federal Employers’ Liability Act (FELA) was created to protect railroad workers and their families in the event of injuries. At Daspit Law Firm, we are dedicated to helping railroad workers throughout Texas, New Mexico, Arkansas, and Oklahoma get the compensation they deserve under FELA law.
What Is FELA and How Does It Help Railroad Workers?
The Federal Employers’ Liability Act was established in 1908 to protect railroad workers and their families by allowing them to seek compensation following work-related injuries. FELA provides damages for a wide range of losses, including:
If a railroad worker is killed on the job, their surviving family members can file wrongful death suits and request damages such as funeral and burial costs, reasonable future wages, pain and suffering, and loss of companionship. FELA also requires train companies to maintain safe operations to protect their employees from physical harm. Companies that fail to do so become liable for breaking FELA laws and putting their workers in danger.
What Types of Injuries Are Covered Under FELA?
FELA covers a wide variety of injuries that a railroad worker may sustain, including:
FELA also covers harm caused by repetitive injuries from daily occupational tasks. Repetitive actions can inflict wear and tear on the body, such as damage to the hands, arms, shoulders, wrists, ankles, and knees. Additionally, cumulative injuries may include whole body vibration (WBV) that occurs from mechanical energy vibrations flowing through platforms and seats. WBV can eventually wear on the body, causing injuries to the back, neck, feet, ankles, hips, shoulders, and knees. Lastly, railroad workers have been shown to develop various lung diseases and other medical conditions after working in this industry for years. FELA may cover medical expenses associated with these occupational illnesses as well.
Why You Need an Experienced FELA Lawyer
Filing a FELA claim can be a complex process, and railroad companies will often fight these claims aggressively. It is important to have an experienced FELA lawyer on your side who knows how to navigate the legal system and fight for your rights. At Daspit Law Firm, our lawyers have a track record of success in FELA cases, and we are committed to getting you the compensation you deserve.
Don't Wait to File Your FELA Claim
If you are a railroad worker who has been injured on the job, you only have three years from the date of the accident to file a FELA claim. It is important to act quickly to ensure that you receive the compensation you deserve. Contact Daspit Law Firm today to schedule a free consultation with one of our experienced FELA lawyers. We're here to help you get the compensation you deserve so you can focus on healing and moving forward.
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