Those who work in the railway industry face many hazards daily. Unfortunately, this reality causes many workers to suffer injuries that cause physical, emotional, and financial difficulties. Luckily, one of the oldest laws in America, known as the Federal Employer’s Liability Act (FELA), provides protection to railway workers.
Interestingly, FELA is still a functioning law today. Railway workers who are injured in the workplace can seek compensation for the injuries they sustained with the help of a Virginia attorney who specializes in railway lawsuits. Hampton Injury Law PLC can help you navigate your FELA claim so that you focus on your recovery.
A FELA claim is used by only injured railway workers who want to seek compensation for injuries they sustained while working. Although a FELA claim is similar to a worker’s compensation claim, there are some notable differences. For example, an injured railway worker will be required to prove that their employer was wholly negligent and that their negligence was the root cause of the injury.
In most FELA claim lawsuits, there are primarily four common different injury types.
Interestingly when an injured railway worker is filing a FELA claim, they can do so in any state or federal court. With a FELA claim, often, a jury will decide the amount of compensation an injured worker is entitled to receive.
Additionally, FELA claims allow an injured railway employee to seek both non-economical and economic damages. Some of the numerous damages that can be awarded are listed below.
As previously mentioned, an injured railway employee needs to prove that their employer was negligent, and it was through negligent actions that their injuries were sustained. Railway employers have a duty of care to employees, and it is when this duty of care comes into question that most FELA claims are filed. Below are a few potential duties that can result in an employee filing a FELA claim against their employer.
With the help of a Virginian attorney who specializes in Fela claims, you can seek the compensation you deserve. You shouldn’t have to deal with the often confusing legal proceedings on your own when you are trying to recover and get on top of your financial situation. Hampton Injury Law PLC has qualified attorneys that can help you file a FELA claim, and we can guide you through the various complicated legal proceedings. If you would like a case evaluation, you can contact us today.
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