Railroad Worker Injury:

Time Limit or Statute of Limitations for FELA

The Federal Employers’ Liability Act (FELA) has a three-year statute of limitations. An injured railroad worker must file a lawsuit within this time frame to recover damages for the injury. When a traumatic injury is sustained, the limitation period begins on the date of the injury. Unfortunately, identifying when the statute of limitations begins for occupational injuries such as hearing loss, Carpal Tunnel and pulmonary problems associated with chemical exposure can be difficult. Under FELA, the statute of limitations in an occupational injury case begins when the injured railroad worker knew or should have known the existence of the injury and that the workplace exposure was a cause.