Compensation for Injured Railroad Employees
If you are a railroad employee who has recently been injured on the job in Tampa, Florida, then you may be wondering if you are eligible for compensation. Here are some important things to know about compensation for injured railroad employees.
Compensation for Injured Railroad Employees | FELA
The Federal Employees Liability Act (FELA) protects injured railroad employees and provides compensation and money damages for those injuries. Employees have a right to bring a direct claim and lawsuit against their employer. Under FELA, an injured railroad worker is entitled to recover not only the time or wages lost, but to be paid all expenses for medical treatment, pain and suffering, and any permanent injury, whether partial or total. Our Tampa Personal Injury Attorneys are experienced at investigating, negotiating, and trying railroad cases.
Compensation for Injured Railroad Employees | Determining Liability
If you are a railroad worker injured on the job, you have the right to file a claim against the railroad for injuries suffered while on the job as a result of the negligence of the railroad or even of a co-employee. The way the federal employer’s liability act reads is that any negligence, however slight, brings about a claim against the railroad under the FELA.
If one of your co-workers plays a part in your injury and they are even slightly negligent, you still have a claim under the FELA against your railroad employer. They are responsible for the negligence, or the carelessness of your co-worker.
Compensation for Injured Railroad Employees | Recovering Damages
If you are injured on a job as a railroad worker, you can collect damages for your medical bills, your wage loss, and also non-economic damages. Those include pain and suffering, mental anguish, inconvenience, disability, impairment or loss of the ability to enjoy life’s pleasures. The non-economic damages are the damages that an individual not covered by the FELA cannot receive under traditional worker’s compensation so under the FELA you are allowed to recover a much broader class of damages. If you’re injured as a railroad worker on the job, please seek out our law firm to represent you in your FELA claims.
If you are looking for compensation as an injured railroad employee, contact our experienced Tampa railroad injury attorneys today for a free consultation.
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