In 1908, the Federal government enacted the Federal Employers Liability Act. This act was meant to protect railroad workers in the event of an accident. This Act was enacted as a result of public outcry related to the devastating injuries that were commonplace for switchmen, brakemen, engineers, and other rail workers. If you have been injured in a railroad accident, contact Indiana injury lawyers as soon as you are able.
FELA laws are specific to railway workers and allow these individuals to sure for injury compensation and is different than auto accident litigation and workers compensation litigation. Damages can include compensation to families for loss of life, lost wages, and past, present, and future medical costs.
Since FELA laws are unique, litigation for compensation should be handled by an attorney who focuses on such cases. This can greatly improve the victim’s and the victim’s family’s chances of proper compensation for losses. Statistics show that work related injuries incurred by railroad workers is significantly higher than that of those who work for the private sector. During a ten year study from 1993-2013, over 1,220 railway workers dies as a result of work related injuries.
Common Situations Which Result in Railroad Worker Injury
Unsafe work conditions
Repetitive stress injuries due to job requirements
Derailments and Train Accidents
Accidents related to work equipment that has not been properly maintained
Train operator negligence
If you experience an injury while employed by the railroad, you have 3 years from the date the incident was reported to the employer to file a claim under FELA. Certain circumstances can increase the amount of time needed to file a claim under the statute of limitations.
If you have any questions regarding FELA laws or have experienced an injury while working for a railroad company, please contact us. The attorneys with the Ken Nunn Law Office are dedicated to helping those who are injured receive the compensation they deserve following an accident.