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Injured on the Job? Understanding FELA and Your Rights as a Railroad Worker

Posted by Brad Ponder | Apr 09, 2024 | 0 Comments

Working on the railroad is demanding. You navigate complex machinery, long hours, and potentially hazardous environments. If you've recently been injured on the job, you're likely facing a mountain of questions and concerns on top of recovering from your injuries.

One critical question you might be asking yourself: "What are my rights as a railroad worker when I'm injured?"

The good news is, there's a specific law in place to protect railroad workers who are injured due to negligence: The Federal Employers' Liability Act (FELA).

What is FELA?

FELA is a federal law that establishes a system for compensating railroad workers who are injured or killed because of negligence on the part of the railroad company, its agents, or fellow employees. Unlike traditional workers' compensation, FELA allows railroad workers to sue their employers for damages when negligence is a factor.

Here's the key difference: Workers' compensation typically provides benefits regardless of fault, but the awards are often limited. FELA, on the other hand, requires proof of negligence by the railroad, but can potentially lead to much higher recoveries for medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering.

Understanding FELA's Requirements

To win a FELA case, you'll need to prove the following:

  • You were employed by a railroad company. This includes not just train operators and conductors, but also maintenance workers, track inspectors, and administrative staff.
  • You suffered an injury. This can range from minor cuts and bruises to severe injuries and even wrongful death.
  • The railroad company's negligence played a role in your injury. This could be due to faulty equipment, inadequate training, unsafe work practices, or a supervisor's failure to address a known hazard.

Get Help From a Railroad Injury Lawyer

FELA cases can be complex, and navigating the legal landscape on your own while recovering from an injury can be overwhelming. An experienced railroad injury lawyer can help you understand your rights under FELA, gather evidence, and build a strong case to maximize your compensation.

Ponder Legal Group: Here for Injured Railroad Workers

At Ponder Legal Group, we understand the unique challenges faced by railroad workers. With extensive experience in FELA claims, our team is dedicated to helping injured railroad employees obtain the compensation they deserve.

If you've been injured while working for a railroad company, contact Ponder Legal Group today for a free consultation. We'll answer your questions, explain your options under FELA, and fight for the justice 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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