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Injured on the Job at Amtrak in Washington, DC? Understanding Your Rights Under FELA

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

Amtrak is a vital transportation hub in Washington, DC, keeping the nation's capital connected. However, working in the railroad industry can be hazardous, and even with safety protocols in place, accidents can happen. If you're an Amtrak worker in Washington, DC, who has been injured on the job, you may be entitled to compensation under the Federal Employers' Liability Act (FELA).

What is FELA?

FELA is a federal law that protects railroad workers who are injured due to negligence on the part of their employer, Amtrak, in whole or in part. Unlike most other workplace injury laws, FELA does not require the worker to prove their employer was entirely at fault for the accident.

What Do You Need to Prove Under FELA?

To recover compensation under FELA, you will need to establish the following:

  • You were employed by Amtrak: This includes all railroad workers, from engineers and conductors to maintenance crews and track workers.
  • You suffered a work-related injury: The injury must have occurred while you were on the job or performing work-related duties.
  • Amtrak's negligence contributed to your injury: Here's where FELA differs from most worker's compensation laws. You only need to prove that Amtrak's negligence played some role, even a minor one, in causing your injury. This negligence could involve:
    • Failing to provide or maintain proper safety equipment
    • Not adequately training employees on safety procedures
    • Ignoring or failing to address known safety hazards
    • Violating safety regulations set by the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA)

What Damages Can You Recover Under FELA?

If you are successful in proving your case under FELA, you may be entitled to compensation for:

  • Medical expenses: Past and future medical bills associated with your injury, including hospitalization, surgery, rehabilitation, and medication.
  • Lost wages: Wages you've lost due to your injury and any future lost earning capacity if your injury prevents you from returning to work entirely or limits your work capabilities.
  • Pain and suffering: Compensation for the physical and emotional pain you've endured due to your injury.

Ponder Legal Group: Protecting Amtrak Workers in Washington, DC

At Ponder Legal Group, we understand the unique challenges faced by Amtrak workers. Our experienced attorneys are well-versed in FELA law and have a proven track record of success in securing compensation for injured railroad workers.

Here's what we can do for you:

  • Investigate the cause of your accident: We will thoroughly investigate the circumstances of your injury to determine if Amtrak's negligence was a contributing factor.
  • Gather evidence: We will collect medical records, accident reports, and witness statements to build a strong case on your behalf.
  • Negotiate with Amtrak: We will aggressively negotiate with Amtrak to secure a fair settlement offer.
  • Take your case to court if necessary: If Amtrak is unwilling to offer a fair settlement, we are prepared to litigate your case in court.

Contact Ponder Legal Group Today for a Free Consultation

If you've been injured while working for Amtrak in Washington, DC, don't hesitate to contact Ponder Legal Group today. We offer a free consultation to discuss your case and explore your legal options under FELA.

Let us fight for the compensation you deserve!

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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