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The steps involved in pursuing a FELA claim

Railroad workers in Connecticut and around the country are not covered by workers' compensation programs. They instead file claims under the provisions of the Federal Employers Liability Act when they are injured on the job. Unlike workers who file workers' compensation claims, injured railroad employees only receive compensation when they can prove that their employer acted negligently. Compensation in FELA cases is also awarded differently. Workers' compensation benefits are determined by a fixed schedule, but compensation in FELA cases is awarded based on the employer's degree of negligence.

Key differences between FELA and workers’ compensation

In America, most workers are covered by workers’ compensation, ensuring they won’t be left empty-handed should they become injured while on the clock. Of course, this isn’t the case for railroad workers. Instead of workers’ comp, they can seek compensation for on-the-job injuries through the Federal Employers Liability Act (FELA).

Whistleblowers may receive compensation under False Claims Act

Any federal contractor who receives government funds, directly or indirectly, is subject to the provisions of the False Claims Act. This is true for contractors working in New York and across the country. The FCA often governs transportation infrastructure projects because they often involve significant federal funding. Common transportation infrastructure projects include publicly funded capital improvements for railroads as well as the renovation or construction of bridges, tunnels, stations, ports and highways. In metropolitan New York City, for example, a number of large transportation infrastructure projects might be running at any given time.

NTSB report explains cause of February 2018 Amtrak crash

Connecticut residents may remember hearing about an Amtrak passenger train crash that killed two people and injured more than 90 others. It occurred on the morning of Feb. 4, 2018, in the city of Cayce, South Carolina. The Miami-bound train collided with a parked freight train at 53 mph after the conductor forgot to move the switch to keep it on the main track. The Amtrak train's conductor and engineer were killed.

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