Railroad workers face inherent risks and dangers in their line of work, making them vulnerable to various accidents and injuries. In the event of an unfortunate incident, understanding the legal avenues available for seeking compensation is crucial. Please contact our firm now if you or a loved one was injured while working for a railroad carrier.
Understanding the Legal Framework
The Federal Employers Liability Act (FELA) is a fundamental piece of legislation that provides protection and legal recourse for injured railroad workers. Enacted in 1908, FELA was specifically designed to address the unique hazards and perils faced by railroad employees during their service. Unlike typical workers’ compensation laws, FELA enables injured workers to pursue claims against their employers for negligence. In essence, if you are a railroad worker who was injured on the job, you file a FELA claim to gain compensation for your injuries.
Types of Damages Available
If you are successful in your FELA claim, you are typically entitled to payment for the following:
- Medical Expenses: Injured railroad workers are entitled to compensation for medical expenses related to their injuries. This includes costs for hospitalization, surgeries, medication, rehabilitation, and any other necessary medical treatments.
- Lost Wages: Compensation for lost wages is another critical component of a FELA claim. If your injury prevents you from performing your work-related duties, you can seek reimbursement for the income lost during your recovery period. This compensation may extend to future earning capacity if your injury results in long-term or permanent disability.
- Pain and Suffering: FELA also accounts for the physical and emotional suffering endured by an injured worker. This can include compensation for the pain, mental anguish, and diminished quality of life resulting from your injury.
- Punitive Damages: In cases where the employer’s negligence is particularly egregious, punitive damages may be awarded. These damages serve as a deterrent and punishment for the employer’s reckless behavior, aiming to prevent similar incidents in the future.
Legal Process and Considerations
It is vital for injured railroad workers to consult with experienced FELA attorneys who can guide them through the legal process. Given the complexity of railroad injury cases, legal expertise is crucial in establishing negligence and proving liability. Building a robust case is essential for securing the maximum possible compensation for the injured worker.
Time is of the essence in FELA cases, as there are strict time limitations for filing claims. Therefore, injured railroad workers should seek legal counsel promptly to ensure their rights are protected and upheld within the legal timeframe.
Contact Rossi Vucinovich for Help
If you sustained a railroad injury, please contact our law firm for help. Rossi Vucinovich PC has been helping railroad employees and people injured in railroad accidents recover from railroad injuries for over 50 years. We are dedicated to helping you obtain the benefits you need to treat your injuries, pay your bills, and continue supporting your families. Do yourself a favor and contact us today to get the legal help you deserve.