The FELA Claims Process and Railroad Settlements
Federal Employers Liability Act (FELA) is a combination of personal injury and workers’ compensation benefits for any employee of a railroad. Unlike traditional workers’ compensation statutes, if a railroad employee is injured in the scope of employment he/she can not only file a claim for lost wages and medical bills, but also for pain and suffering. At TCB Law we are here to ensure you receive maximum compensation for your railroad accident.
Tens of millions of dollars have been paid by railroad companies to settle solvent lawsuits under FELA. Current or former railroad workers have claimed exposure to toxic solvents from the 1960s into the 1990s has caused mild to severe brain damage. CSX, the largest railroad in the eastern United States, has acknowledged settling 466 solvent exposure claims and paying up to $35 million, though the company has continued to deny a link between solvent exposure and brain damage. Medical experts estimate that thousands of workers may be suffering from toxic encephalopathy, but have been misdiagnosed due to the complexity of diagnosing the debilitating illness.
If you or a loved one is a railroad employee who has been injured on the job or due to chemical exposure, contact TCB Law regarding your FELA case today.