The Federal Employment Liability Act (FELA) was originally designed to offer legal protection for railroad workers who have sustained injuries while at work. It is also meant to provide a guideline for safety standards in the railroad industry.
FELA, like workers’ compensation claims, allows employees to seek monetary restitution for damages resulting from injuries sustained while carrying out work duties.
What you need to know before filing your FELA claim
FELA provides railroad employers with guidelines that ensure a safe work environment and resources for their employees. Employers are required to provide their employees with adequate training, assistance and supervision while at work.
When it comes to railroad injuries, FELA guidelines require that employees who file claims prove how the employer’s negligence contributed to their injury. Common examples of employer negligence may include:
- Failure to provide and maintain a safe work environment
- Failure to train employees on workplace safety
- Failure to provide employees with the right tools and equipment
- Failure to mitigate workplace hazards
If you are hurt at work, it is important that you gather as much evidence as you possibly can to prove your case during the trial. Some of these examples of negligence can be captured in your evidence report.
What can you pursue during your FELA claim?
Depending on the nature and the severity of the injury, a worker can pursue the following claims during their lawsuit.
- Past and future medical expenses relating to the injury
- Past and future loss of income
- Past and future pain and suffering (psychological trauma)
- Permanent, partial or complete disability
FELA claims can be quite complicated, especially if you do not understand the law. If you are hurt while at work, it is important that you take appropriate steps to safeguard your rights and pursue the compensation you deserve for your damages.