If you are a railroad worker who was injured on the job, you are covered by a law known as the Federal Employers’ Liability Act, or FELA. Your potential recovery under FELA is potentially far greater than it would be under workers’ compensation.
A personal injury attorney from Soloff & Zervanos, P.C., can help you explore your legal options after a railroad accident. Or Philadelphia railroad accident lawyers represent railroad workers and their families. We offer a free initial consultation to discuss your case.
FELA is a federal law that holds railroad companies responsible for negligence that leads to worker injuries or death. Before this law was enacted in 1908, workers and their families were often denied compensation if they contributed in any way to their injury. Under FELA, while your recovery can be reduced if you were partially at fault, you can still recover compensation if the railroad was also negligent.
FELA is different from workers’ compensation in that it is fault-based. Before you can recover compensation for a work-related injury, you must prove that your employer was at least partially negligent. FELA also allows workers to recover damages that are not covered by workers’ compensation, such as pain and suffering.
Railroad companies often attempt to avoid large payouts by blaming accidents on the injured employee. To protect your rights and recover maximum compensation after a railroad, it is important to contact an attorney in Philadelphia as soon as possible.
Please contact Soloff & Zervanos, P.C., today to discuss your case with an experienced Philadelphia railroad accident lawyer with no cost or obligation.