Unlike employees in other industries, railroad workers are not afforded relief under state no-fault workers’ compensation laws. An injured railroad workers’ remedy falls under the Federal Employers’ Liability Act (FELA), which was passed by Congress in 1908 .
FELA requires proof that the injury to the worker was caused, in whole or in part, by the negligence of the railroad through the conduct of another railroad employee, agent, and/or contractor.
The railroad employer may be held liable, among other acts of negligence, for failing to provide the employee with a reasonably safe place to work and includes providing the employee with reasonably saf e tools and equipment.
The lawyers at Roven-Kaplan, L.L.P. have represented railroad workers in the past that have suffered injuries while on the job such as:
Back and Neck Injuries
Because of the heavy, awkward and size of equipment involved with working at the railroad, these injuries can and do happen often. Sometimes, a railroad worker suffers an injury at work and does not know what it is they need to do first. In times like these, we understand that putting food on the table remains top priority but, without legal counsel an injured employee runs the risk of never being able to work another day.
This is why we have dedicated ourselves to representing injured railroad workers and their families in these times of crisis. Usually a FELA case must be filed within three years of the date of the injury. Therefore, you should consult an attorney at Roven-Kaplan, L.L.P. with experience in FELA litigation as soon as possible after a work-related accident.