Unlike most workers, injured railroad employees are not limited to collecting benefits through Illinois workers’ compensation.
Recognizing the dangers that railroad workers face on a daily basis, in 1908 the federal government passed the Federal Employers Liability Act (FELA) in order to provide protections not offered to other types of employees. Under FELA, railroad workers who have been injured on the job can seek full compensation for their medical expenses, lost income, pain and suffering, and other losses.
However, just because these remedies are available does not mean that they are easy to obtain. In Chicago and throughout Illinois, railroad companies often vigorously dispute their employees’ FELA claims. At Malman Law, our Railroad Workers’ Rights attorneys handle several FELA claims each year, and we know what it takes to win. Let us help you fight for the compensation you deserve.
As a result, if your employer’s negligence – no matter how slight – in any way contributed to your injuries, you are entitled to compensation for all of your physical, financial, and emotional losses. If you have suffered a serious injury that requires medical treatment and prevents you from doing your job, these losses could be substantial. Injury victims often do not realize the full scope of their legal rights, and at Malman Law we have helped numerous clients collect million-dollar and multi-million-dollar awards.
Examples of negligence that may entitle you to compensation include:
Importantly, FELA’s coverage is broader than claims just against negligent employers. If another employee’s negligence or a manufacturer’s faulty product caused your injury, this too can be grounds to file a lawsuit under FELA.
FELA covers all types of work-related injuries and occupational illnesses within the railroad industry. While many workers and railroad companies mistakenly believe that FELA only applies to physical injuries, there are no limits on the types of injuries and illnesses that can form the basis for a FELA claim. Some common FELA claims include:
As experienced personal injury and workers’ compensation lawyers who have successfully handled more than 25,000 cases, we have seen almost every type of job-related illness and injury. We can use our significant experience to help you fight for maximum compensation.
With FELA, railroad workers can file lawsuits against their employers for losses arising out of job-related injuries. FELA protects all railroad workers – not just those who operate trains – and it provides important benefits not available to victims of other types of injuries. It does this in two important ways:
We all have a basic duty to act in a safe manner given the conditions that we find ourselves in. With that said, property owners have a certain degree of responsibility in how they maintain their premises. Property owners must take reasonable steps to ensure that their property is free from dangerous conditions that would cause a person to slip or fall.
A slip and fall accident may involve various liable parties, such as property owners, managers, and sometimes multiple insurance companies. How do you know whom to contact? Having a reputable liability injury lawyer is crucial to your success in determining liability and, ultimately, in obtaining a favorable judgment and settlement.
If you work in the railroad industry and have been injured on the job, there are important steps you need to take in order to protect your legal rights. Following your accident, you should:
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