In 1908, the Federal Employers Liability Act (FELA) was created to provide railroad workers monetary compensation for their injuries. FELA also provides safety regulations.

FELA protects railroad workers from the dangers that occur. FELA requires that all tools and equipment be maintained, inspections occur regularly, and safety rules are set.

If a worker becomes injured, FELA can determine the financial compensation the worker would be eligible to receive for pain and suffering.

4 Steps to Follow After a Railroad Injury

  1. Get immediate medical attention - If you are experiencing any pain or discomfort of any sort, see a doctor immediately. Your company may take you to see a doctor provided by them, however, you may want to see your personal doctor as well. Be sure to tell your doctor about all of your pain, discomfort, and injuries. Also, make sure to keep all of your medical bills and records for documentation later on.
  2. Report it - It is important to report and notify others of any injuries that occur while working. Report such injuries to your supervisor and railroad union representative.  Injuries should not go unnoticed. Make sure to fill out an accident report, if necessary, and keep a copy of it for your personal records.
  3. Document it - Save all of your medical bills and records as well as a copy of your completed accident report. Be sure to keep track of the days that you miss work because of medical visits or pain caused by the injury. Along with this, take necessary pictures of injuries as well as a description of the time, date, and location the injury occurred. It can also be beneficial to record the names of witnesses who might have been there during the injury or other workers who have had similar issues with what caused your injury.
  4. Seek help from an experience FELA lawyer - The New Jersey personal injury lawyers at Wilentz, Goldman & Spitzer have experience with railroad injury cases and FELA. If you have been injured in a railroad accident, fill out our form for a free consultation.

If you are or were a railroad worker and have been exposed to hazardous chemicals on the job, or have been injured by hazardous tools, equipment and/or working conditions while at work, the United States Congress in 1908 passed legislation that gives you the right to bring a claim to obtain money damages for those injuries or illnesses.