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Know Your Rights: Recoverable Damages Under FELA

Posted by Brad Ponder | Apr 12, 2024 | 0 Comments

Being injured on the job is a stressful and overwhelming experience. When your workplace is the inherently risky environment of a railroad, the impact can be even more devastating. If you've recently suffered an injury working for a railroad company, you likely face mounting medical bills, lost wages, and an uncertain future.

The good news is that the Federal Employers' Liability Act (FELA) provides crucial legal protections for railroad workers like yourself. FELA allows you to seek compensation for the damages you've suffered due to your employer's negligence. But what exactly are these damages?

This blog post will break down the different types of damages you may be entitled to recover under FELA:

Economic Damages:

  • Medical Expenses: This includes all past and future medical bills associated with your injury, such as doctor visits, hospital stays, surgery, medication, and rehabilitation.
  • Lost Wages: FELA allows you to recover compensation for wages lost due to your injury, including overtime and benefits. This may also extend to future lost wages if your injury prevents you from returning to work entirely, or if your earning capacity is diminished.
  • Loss of Earning Capacity: Even if you are able to return to work in some capacity, your earning potential may be permanently impacted by your injuries. FELA allows you to recover compensation for this loss.
  • Other Expenses: You can also recover compensation for other out-of-pocket expenses related to your injury, such as transportation costs for medical appointments or the cost of modifying your home to accommodate your disability.

Non-Economic Damages:

  • Pain and Suffering: FELA recognizes the physical and emotional pain you've endured due to your injury. You may be entitled to compensation for this suffering.
  • Mental Anguish: Injuries can often lead to mental health struggles such as anxiety, depression, or PTSD. FELA allows you to recover compensation for this emotional distress.
  • Loss of Enjoyment of Life: Injuries can significantly impact your ability to participate in activities you once enjoyed. FELA recognizes this loss of enjoyment and allows you to seek compensation.

Understanding the Importance of a FELA Attorney

While FELA offers a comprehensive range of recoverable damages, navigating a FELA claim to secure the compensation you deserve can be complex. An experienced FELA attorney can:

  • Clearly identify all potential damages An attorney can ensure you understand the full scope of damages you're entitled to under FELA and work to document them thoroughly.
  • Fight for Maximum Compensation Railroad companies often have strong legal teams. An experienced FELA attorney will fight aggressively to ensure you receive the maximum compensation you deserve for your injuries.

Ponder Legal Group: Your Trusted FELA Advocate

At Ponder Legal Group, we understand the physical, emotional, and financial challenges faced by railroad workers who suffer on-the-job injuries. Our team of experienced FELA attorneys is dedicated to protecting your rights and securing the compensation you deserve to recover and move forward with your life.

We offer a free consultation to discuss your case and explore your legal options. Contact us today!

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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