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What Is FELA?

The Ohio FELA railroad accident attorneys protect railroad workers not covered by workers' compensation laws

Each year, thousands of railroad workers suffer injuries and illnesses and in the worst cases, even death. In 2009, the Federal Railroad Administration Office of Safety Analysis (FRA) reported nearly 1,800 railroad injuries and deaths. Some of the most common injuries occur because of faulty equipment, working conditions and exposure to hazardous substances.

It is important for railroad employees to know their rights when working in this profession. If you've been injured while working as a railroad employee, you need an experienced railroad accident attorney who can protect your rights. Call Elk & Elk Co., Ltd., to learn more about your rights and how to protect them. Call 1-800-ELK-OHIO or contact us online to schedule a free consultation.

Under FELA, Elk & Elk's injury lawyers provide workers' compensation to injured railroad workers

The Federal Employers Liability Act (FELA) was passed in 1908 in response to railroad deaths and injuries reported in the late 1800s and early 1900s, and it is intended to make the railroad industry a safer place to work. FELA gives railroad employees the right to receive compensation for work-related injuries that are the result of a negligent employer.

Unlike common workers' compensation laws, FELA gives a jury the ability to award monetary payouts for railway injuries based on comparative negligence; however, railroad employees may wait several years before receiving injury compensation if railroad companies decide to fight the lawsuit against them. The railroad industry continues to seek reform of the FELA workers' compensation law as the result of paying tens of millions of dollars in FELA lawsuits.

Call 1-800-ELK-OHIO to schedule a free consultation and learn more about your rights under FELA

If you or a loved one has suffered an injury due to a railroad accident, let our Ohio FELA railroad injury lawyers fight for you and prove that our experience, resources and determination can win you the compensation you deserve. Just call our toll-free legal consultation hotline at 1-800-ELK-OHIO or fill out our no-cost, obligation-free online contact form.