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Don't Miss Your Window: Understanding the FELA Statute of Limitations

Posted by Brad Ponder | Mar 01, 2024 | 0 Comments

If you've been injured while working for a railroad company, the Federal Employers Liability Act (FELA) may offer you a path to compensation. However, there's a crucial time limit you need to be aware of: the statute of limitations.

What is a Statute of Limitations?

Simply put, a statute of limitations sets a deadline for filing a lawsuit. In the case of FELA claims, the statute of limitations is three years from the date your cause of action accrues. This typically means three years from the date of your injury.

Why Does the Statute of Limitations Matter?

Missing the FELA statute of limitations can have severe consequences. If you wait too long to file your claim, the court will likely dismiss it, leaving you with no legal recourse for your injuries. The court system strictly enforces these deadlines, so acting promptly is essential.

Exceptions to the Three-Year Rule

There are very few exceptions to the three-year rule. In rare cases, the statute of limitations may be tolled (paused) if, for example, you were unaware of the full extent of your injury or the connection to your job. However, this is a complex legal issue, and you should consult with an experienced FELA attorney to determine if it applies to your situation.

Here's When to Contact a FELA Attorney

If you've been injured working for a railroad company, don't wait to seek legal advice. Here are some situations where contacting a FELA attorney is crucial:

  • You've suffered a work-related injury, regardless of severity.
  • You're unsure if you have a valid FELA claim.
  • You're approaching the three-year deadline for filing your claim.

Ponder Legal Group: Here to Help

At Ponder Legal Group, we understand the complexities of FELA claims and the importance of meeting deadlines. We offer experienced legal representation for railroad workers who have been injured on the job. Contact us today for a free consultation to discuss your situation and explore your options under FELA.

Remember: The sooner you act, the better your chances of securing the compensation you deserve. Don't let the statute of limitations prevent you from seeking justice.

About the Author

Brad Ponder

Brad specializes in complex litigation, including class actions and mass torts in both state and federal court. He represents consumer and business owners in a variety of lawsuits, including class actions and high-stakes litigation against major corporations. 


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