Railroad Worker Injury Lawyers and Railroad Worker Injury Attorneys

In 1908, due to the extremely dangerous conditions surrounding railroad work, Congress passed the Federal Employers Liability Act (FELA). FELA is the legal system which exists to ensure the safety of railroad workers and to provide them with a means of recovery should they be injured on the job; FELA also protects railroad workers whose jobs do not put them directly in contact with trains. FElA differs from workers' compensation, and provides railroad workers with extensive protection in the case they are injured on the job.

While conditions have improved considerably, railroad worker injury is not uncommon because of the inherent risks of the job. The potential causes of injury or illness on a train are numerous, and include defective equipment, unsafe working conditions, or the presence of toxic or hazardous substances. It is the right of train workers to be protected from toxins such as asbestos, diesel fumes, solvents, and silica; the absence of adequate protection is a strong basis for a FELA claim. Promptness in reporting injuries is essential to the success of a FELA claim; delays may result on train workers' injuries being blamed on incidents outside of work.

Railroad Worker Injury Legal Guide and Information

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Answers and Information
Answers to frequently asked questions about Railroad Injuries and the Federal Employers Liability Act (FELA).
Filing a FELA claim
Step-by-step instructions for filing a FELA claim.
Responsibilities of Employers
A summary of employer responsibilites according to FELA.

Railroad Worker Injury Official Links

Work Accident - Bureau of Labor Statistics
Case and demographic characteristics for work-related injuries and illnesses involving days away from work compiled by the U.S. Department of Labor.
Federal Employers Laibility Act (FELA)
Overview of the Federal Employer's Liability Act (FELA) with damages, elements of a case and similar statutes.