Railroad workers are some of the few employees exempt from coverage under federally mandated workers' compensation programs. Instead, compensation guidelines are established by the Federal Employers' Liability Act, commonly referred to as FELA.
Similar in intent to standard workers' compensation, FELA's rules differ somewhat. For example, rather than the employer assuming all responsibility for the worker's injury, regardless of fault, FELA requires some fault on the part of the employer be proven before the injured party can receive compensation from the railroad. Once this liability is established, however, the injured party can collect full compensation, including non-monetary losses.
If you or a loved one was injured in the course of work at a railroad, it is essential that you speak to a competent, experienced railroad accident attorney who has experience with FELA and can advise you. To schedule an appointment to speak with one of our FELA lawyers, call (251) 432-2277 or email the offices of Long & Long today. The initial consultation is free, and we never accept payment until we've gotten you your settlement. Our attorneys accept cases in Mobile and communities throughout Alabama, including Baldwin County and surrounding areas.