Protecting The Rights Of Railroad Workers
Certain lines of work present substantially more risk than others. Workers typically have a deep understanding of this reality, along with a great deal of pride in their ability to successfully perform jobs of this nature. While it may be impossible to eliminate every type of danger from inherently hazardous vocations, those who undertake such positions should be able to expect their employers to do everything they can to protect those they hire.
At Edelman, Krasin & Jaye, PLLC, in Westbury, New York, our experienced attorneys help individuals working in the railroad industry navigate their legal options under the Federal Employers Liability Act (FELA).
What Protections Does FELA Provide?
Passed in the early 1900s to address an alarming rise in injuries and wrongful deaths suffered by railroad workers, this legislation is meant to offer protections and compensation to workers harmed during the course of their employment by a railroad-related enterprise.
At the heart of FELA is the requirement that all railroad employers ensure a safe environment in which employees can perform their assigned tasks.
In addition to providing and maintaining a workplace that is reasonably safe for all employees, FELA imposes other specific duties on railroad employers, including:
- Providing appropriate training and supervision of employees
- Barring unreasonable work-related production or performance quotas
- Ensuring that all tools and equipment provided are safe and in proper working condition
- Conducting regular inspections for safety hazards
Pursuant to FELA, a railroad worker who is not sufficiently covered by conventional workers’ compensation can sue his or her employer following an injury. Successful plaintiffs in FELA cases can receive compensation for physical pain and suffering, lost wages, diminished earning capacity, medical bills and more.
FELA benefits can also be awarded as a result of potentially deadly exposure to asbestos as well as for cumulative trauma and repetitive stress and strain injuries. The financial compensation afforded to injured railroad workers can often far exceed what would have been available via traditional workers’ compensation systems.
Get Help From Skilled Railroad Injury Lawyers
The aftermath of a serious railroad-related injury can be a confusing, frightening and aggravating time. If you or a family member has suffered real harm in the course of your employment in the rail industry, please be aware that time is of the essence when it comes to pursuing the compensation you deserve. FELA imposes a three-year statute of limitations on all employee claims.