FELA Claims & Railroad
The FELA Claims Process & 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.
Common Causes of Railroad Accidents and Injuries
- Human Error
- Malfunctioning Equipment
- Defective Rails
- Mechanical Failure
- Conductor Negligence
Representing Injured Railroad Workers
Rail accidents are often the result of many causes, including human error and equipment failure. FELA laws require that the railroads take reasonable actions to prevent injury and death. An attorney who is experience in existing laws can be invaluable and make a significant difference in your case. Accidents rarely occur where nothing could have been done to prevent one from occurring.
In 1908, the U.S. Congress enacted legislation that required railroad companies to provide workers comp benefits for their employees in the event of a workplace injury. A railroad worker injury may not be processed like other workplace claims, so it is important to hire an attorney who is experienced in litigating railroad insurance claims.
We understand the stressful consequences of your injuries can be and how that can change your life. Our attorney has the experience you need when injured while working for a railroad. We offer professional, experienced support for our clients, and keep you informed every step of the way, so you’ll always know exactly where you stand regarding your case. We can help. Contact TCB Law regarding your potential FELA case today at 802-775-3229.