Railroad Worker Injury:

FELA vs Workers Comp

There are several sets of laws and regulations protecting workers if they suffer injuries on the job. Workers’ compensation laws are designed to cover all workers regardless of their occupation. Other laws, including the Jones Act and the Federal Employers Liability Act (FELA), cover specific job occupations. FELA was passed to protect railroad workers who get hurt on the job.

Workers’ compensation laws deal with compensation in regard to a pre-set equation that determines the amount of financial help an injured worker can receive. Injured railroad workers under FELA can receive financial recovery for their medical bills, pain and suffering, lost wages and emotional distress.

FELA standards are basically the same from state to state, unlike workers’ compensation which can vary greatly between states.