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About FELA

The Federal Employers Liability Act is legislation rail employees in Connecticut and the rest of nation can used to recover financial damages from their employer for injuries that occur in the workplace. It takes precedence over state laws and requires that the injured party prove that the employer was negligent. The legislation also requires that any financial settlements that are awarded be reduced in proportion to the employee's failure to adhere to workplace safety policies.

What to know about FELA claims

Railroad workers in Connecticut and throughout the country are generally covered by FELA if they are injured on the job. As soon as possible after the injury occurs, a worker should report it to an employer. The employer will then ask the injured employee to fill out an accident report. In addition to notifying the railroad company about the accident, the victim should contact an attorney.

Court combines worker injury lawsuits against railroad companies

A former railroad mechanic and machinist from New York has become the lead plaintiff in a case against CSX Transportation, Inc. and Consolidated Rail Corporation. The Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas chose to combine two separate lawsuits from railroad workers alleging that unsafe work environments at the companies caused their workplace injuries.

How to file a proper FELA claim

Railroad workers in Connecticut and around the country are protected by the Federal Employers Liability Act. When an injury occurs, employees should make a report and seek treatment in a timely manner. Ideally, the report will be filled out as accurately as possible and to the extent that an individual's injuries allows that person to. As part of the treatment process, workers should see their own doctor after being seen by hospital or other emergency medical staff.

Railroad work and risk in the Northeast

Railroad work has a long history in this country. In building the arteries of the nation, workers faced risk, injury and even death. It led to the Federal Employers Liability Act in 1908, which still regulates the industry over a century later.

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