Injured Railroad Workers
If you have been hurt on the job at a railroad, you may be feeling intense pain along with the worry that you cannot provide for yourself or your family. These concerns are huge, and our lawyers experienced in defending injured railroad workers are here to help you get the compensation that you deserve.
Injured Railroad Workers Covered by FELA
Oftentimes a railroader who is on the job or even off the job comes into the office and asks whether or not he’s covered under the FELA, for example if you have a job where you travel on the railroad for a distance and as a result of being on the job for say an 8 or 10 hour period you are required to remain overnight let’s say in a hotel and perhaps get picked up the next day and take the train on further or to catch another train coming the opposite direction to return you to your home base, you are covered by the FELA while you are remaining overnight in that distant location so for example, there have been cases where individuals staying in hotels overnight will cross the road to go to a restaurant to eat and they’re struck by a car, they are covered by the FELA if the railroad puts them into a place that involves a dangerous situation or a dangerous location.
Injured Railroad Workers Rights
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 and that negligence need not be overwhelming. The way the federal employer’s liability act reads are that any negligence however slight brings about a claim against the railroad under the FELA.
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Injured Railroad Workers Due to Someone Else’s Negligence
If one of your co-workers plays a part in your injury and they are negligent however slight it doesn’t matter you have a claim under the FELA against your railroad employer and they are responsible for the negligence or the carelessness of you co-worker.
Recoverable Damages for Injured Railroad Workers
If you are injured on a job as a railroad worker you can collect damages for your medical bills, your wage loss and also what we call non-economic damages. Those include pain and suffering, mental anguish, inconvenience, disability, impairment or loss of the ability to enjoy life’s pleasures. Interestingly those damages, 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.
Please call our experienced personal injury lawyers in Tampa as soon as possible to start your railroad injury case. We offer free initial consultations!