Railroad Work Accidents – FELA

Massachusetts Railroad Accident FELA Lawyers

Are you a Massachusetts railroad worker who was injured on the job?   You may have valuable rights for collecting compensation under the Federal Employers’ Liability Act (FELA) if your injury was the result of negligence or carelessness by the railroad or because of certain defects in cars, locomotives, machinery, tools, equipment or working conditions.  Unfortunately, despite the rights due injured railroad workers under FELA, railroad companies still find ways to avoid paying the compensation employees need and deserve.  If you’ve been in a Massachusetts railroad accident, you need the experienced FELA lawyers at Gilman Law LLP on your side to protect your rights.

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If you were injured in a railroad accident due to defective equipment or your employer’s negligence, you and your family should not have to suffer financially while you are recovering and unable to work.  The Massachusetts railroad accident lawyers at Gilman Law LLP have extensive experience handling FELA lawsuits, and have successfully assisted railroad worker who suffered serious personal injury or death as a result of an accident.  With the Massachusetts FELA lawyers at Gilman Law LLP on your side, you stand the best possible chance of obtaining all of the compensation you need to cover your current and future medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, emotional distress, and other damages.

FELA Railroad Accident Lawsuits

Each year the Federal Railroad Administration reports there are about 7,500 railroad accidents involving the industry’s more than 150,000 employees.  FELA was passed by the U.S. Congress in 1908 in response to the high number of railroad deaths in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Under FELA, railroad workers who are not covered by regular workers’ compensation laws are able to sue employers over their railroad injury claims.

Railroad injuries eligible for FELA compensation include, but are not limited to:

  • Toxic encephalopathy and other injuries stemming from toxic exposures.
  • Burns
  • Disfigurement
  • Dislocations or sprains
  • Fractures
  • Loss of limb
  • Permanent disability
  • Traumatic brain injury

To be eligible for FELA compensation, an injured railroad worker must be able to prove:

  • Employment with a railroad that either operates across state lines or handles freight that may cross state lines at some point;
  • The injury occurred on the job.
  • The injury is due to the negligence or carelessness of the railroad or due to certain defects in cars, locomotives, machinery, tools, equipment or working conditions.

When railroads act negligently, recoveries under FELA will generally be far greater than they would be under state workers’ compensation systems. To prove negligence, it must only be shown that the railroad failed to provide a reasonably safe place to work.   If your FELA claim is successful, you may be able to recover damages for emotional and psychological distress; payment for past medical expenses and future medical expenses; lost fringe benefits such as vacation pay, medical insurance, and railroad retirement contributions; and past and future lost wages and/or impaired earning capacity.

Legal Help for Victims of Massachusetts Railroad Accidents

If you were injured in a railroad accident, you only have three years to file a FELA claim against the railroad that employed you.  To increase your odds of obtaining the full compensation the law allows, it’s vital you contact the experienced Massachusetts FELA lawyers Gilman Law LLP today.  With offices throughout Massachusetts, the personal injury attorneys at Gilman Law LLP are available now to answer all of your legal questions.  Please complete our online form or contact Gilman Law LLP at (888) 252-0084 for your free, confidential, no-obligation case evaluation with one of our railroad accident attorneys today.