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The rights of railroad workers under FELA

Working in the railroad industry can be stressful and high-risk for employees. While it is an inherently dangerous job, certain federal laws guarantee protections and rights to these workers. If you work on America's railroads, it would benefit you to know and understand your rights under the Federal Employers Liability Act.

This law clearly establishes your rights as an employee in this industry, including your rights in case you suffer an injury on the job. If you were hurt or believe that your employer violated the terms of FELA in some way, you have a right to compensation and care needed to recover from your injuries.

What FELA does for you 

FELA establishes a way for you to recover financial losses related to your employment as a railroad worker. This law covers almost any type of railroad-related injury, even those sustained by injured individuals who do not necessarily work on or around trains most of the time. The FELA requires the following of railroad employers and companies:

  • Ensure the safety of workers against the harmful actions of others
  • Provide a reasonably safe work environment for all employees
  • Provide training and supervision to help workers in their jobs
  • Provide workers with safe equipment, tools and safety devices
  • Have reasonable quotas and standards of production
  • Enforce all rules and regulations related to safety

Under the FELA, certain circumstances would give you the right to bring a claim against your employer. For example, if there was blatant negligence or a clear violation of federal safety standards, you may file a claim in order to seek compensation for the following:

  • Past and future medical care and treatment needs
  • Past and future loss of wages
  • Past and future suffering, mental distress and pain

Also, FELA provides the surviving beneficiaries of an individual killed in a railroad accident the right to seek compensation.

Seeking the full and fair recovery you deserve

If you were hurt while working on the railroad, you have a right to a full and fair recovery. You may know that FELA grants you certain rights and protections, but that does not mean you must walk through FELA claims process and the aftermath of a work-related accident alone.

Pursuing what you need to move on after a work accident is important, for both you and your family. With much at stake, you may find it beneficial to secure the help necessary to ensure the full protection of your rights and interests.

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