Basic fairness dictates you should not have to pay for the injuries someone else causes you to suffer. Because life is not always fair, federal law also gives railroad workers the ability to pursue compensation for the injuries they suffer because of the negligence of railway carriers.
The Federal Employers’ Liability Act is a more-than-century-old law that compensates injured railroad workers for the legally negligent actions of others. If you succeed with a FELA claim, you may be eligible for many different types of compensation.
Diagnosing and treating a catastrophic injury can be expensive. If you have mounting medical bills, your FELA action may help you pay them. That is, you may receive compensation for your reasonable medical expenses, including the following:
- Hospital stays
- Diagnostic tests and scans
- Surgical procedures
If your injury makes it difficult or impossible to work, your FELA claim may also allow you to recover lost wages. Along with recovering the salary you would have earned had you not missed work due to your injury, you also can probably seek compensation for loss of future income.
Pain and suffering
Railroad workers are vulnerable to many different injuries, some of which are excruciatingly painful. If you have a successful FELA claim, you may receive financial compensation for your pain and suffering. You may also be able to recover damages for mental anguish, loss of consortium and even the shortening of your lifespan.
While the FELA gives you access to wide-sweeping compensation for your injuries, you may not have long to file your claim. Ultimately, by exploring your legal options as soon as possible, you may improve your odds of obtaining everything you deserve.