The railroad industry is a complex industry, and rail workers face special protections under law. The Federal Employee Liability Act (FELA) helps maintain fairness and stability when rail workers are injured on the job. With FELA, rail workers who have been injured are able to collect the benefits necessary to help pay medical bills and recover lost wages due to the accident. Because many rail workers are not certain of their rights under FELA, they must seek the assistance of an experienced railroad injury attorney.
The personal injury attorneys at Long & Long will help you fight for the FELA benefits you deserve. In order to make a successful claim, we will prove that negligence on the railroad’s part was a factor in your injury. Even if the injured party’s own negligence was a contributing factor in the accident, claiming a percentage of damages is still possible.
If you or a loved one suffered severe injury after a work-related railroad accident, don’t wait to file. A FELA claim’s statute of limitations is equal to 3 years from the date of the accident. Call (251) 432-2277 free today to get started.
Frequently Asked Questions: FELA Claims
I am employed by a railroad and was recently injured at work. A coworker suggested I file for workers’ compensation. What should I do?
Typically, people employed in the railroad industry are not covered by workers’ compensation. Instead, almost all work-related injuries involving railroad workers are covered by a federal law known as the Federal Employer’s Liability Act (FELA).
What are the differences between FELA and workers’ compensation?
There are many differences between FELA and workers’ compensation; however, there are two very important differences. First, recovery under FELA is based upon the fault of the railroad, while in workers’ compensation the fault of the employee or the employer is not an issue. Second, there is a substantial difference between what can be recovered in a FELA case as compared to a workers’ compensation case.
Do I need an attorney after a work-related railroad accident?
Railroad claims agents will seek to gain the trust of an injured worker and promise to deal with the injured railroader fairly. However, it is important to remember who is paying the claims agent and what their goal is. The claims agent is working for the railroad, and his job is to minimize the financial exposure of the railroad for injuries resulting from the negligence of the railroad. When you are dealing with the personal, physical, and financial stresses of being injured on the job, you need to have someone in your corner whose only goal is to protect your interests and get you the benefits and lost wages you deserve.
If you or a loved one has been involved in a railroad accident, please call our experienced railroad accident attorneys in Mobile, Alabama today at (251) 432-2277 to schedule your free consultation. You’ll talk to an experienced, knowledgeable attorney, not a paralegal or an assistant. Our attorneys accept claims from workers in Mobile and throughout Baldwin County and other areas of Alabama.