If you have been injured while on a train—either as a passenger or as a railroad employee—you will probably have a lot of questions about railroad accident compensation. Contact our experienced Tampa personal injury attorneys today to schedule a free consultation and case evaluation.
Am I Covered by the FELA if My Injury Occurs During a Railroad Job?
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 a 10-hour period you are required to remain overnight in a hotel. You are still covered by the FELA while you are remaining overnight in that distant location. 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 still covered by the FELA if the railroad puts them into a place that involves a dangerous situation.
What Rights Do I Have as an Injured Railroad Employee?
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.
What if I Was Injured by Another Person?
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.
If you have been a victim of a serious railroad injury even if you are not a railroad worker, contact our experienced Tampa railroad injury attorneys to fight for you!