The Federal Employers Liability Act (FELA) is a federal law that protects and compensates railroad workers who are injured on the job if the railroad was at least partly responsible for the injury.
While the FELA is similar to workers’ compensation laws, there are several major differences. First, workers’ compensation laws apply to all injured employees, not just injured railroad workers. Second, workers’ compensation laws provide benefits to injured employees regardless of who was at fault for the accident or injury, whereas FELA only applies if the railroad company was partly responsible for the injury. Finally, FELA compensation is generally much higher than workers’ compensation benefits.
Railroad workers can be injured as a result of a train accident, or other personal injury accident that occurs while working on the train, in the train depot, or at any point along the railroad tracks. Oftentimes injuries to train workers are cumulative, meaning that they develop over time, such as carpal tunnel syndrome, degenerative disc disease and other back injuries, and mesothelioma caused by asbestos exposure. Other injuries are caused by catastrophic accidents, such as train collisions, equipment failure, crossing accidents, or boiler explosions.
The Chicago workplace accident lawyers at Ankin Law Office, LLC focus on helping injured employees in all industries, including injured railroad workers, obtain the maximum recovery possible following a workplace accident or on-the-job injury. If you are an injured railroad worker who suffers from degenerative disc disease or other work-related injury, contact our office at (312) 600-0000 to schedule a free consultation with one of our knowledgeable Chicago railroad worker lawyers.