The Federal Employer’s Liability Act (FELA) governs the liability of every railroad for the work related injury or death of an employee. It was enacted by Congress in 1908 to protect railroad workers and their families.
It is a federal cause of action, and suit, if necessary, may be filed in either federal or state court.
A claim under FELA is not worker’s compensation. The railroad does not have to pay if it is not at fault.
In order for a worker to recover under FELA, the worker has to have been injured while in the course of his employment. The railroad must be involved in interstate commerce, and the worker must prove that his injuries were caused by the negligence or fault of the railroad.
Paul Higdon can discuss with you the details of your injury to see if you have a claim.
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