Experienced Representation Of Railroad Workers In FELA Injury Claims
Railroad work is dangerous work. In fact, there was such a high rate of injury and death in the industry that the federal government created a special law to protect railroad workers injured on the job.
The Federal Employers Liability Act (FELA) allows railroad employees to sue their employers for injuries resulting from safety violations and unsafe working conditions. The Carey Firm will fight for your full compensation in these complex legal claims.
How Is FELA Different From Workers' Compensation?
Workers' comp is a no-fault system. In exchange for medical and wage benefits, employees cannot sue their employers. Instead of workers' compensation, railroad workers are covered by FELA. The advantage is that injured workers can recover damages not available under workers' comp to be truly compensated for serious injuries. The downside is that FELA compensation is not automatic; you must prove your case.
That is where trial lawyer Shawn Carey comes in. He has more than 20 years of experience in personal injury litigation, including representation of railroad employees in FELA claims. He conducts a thorough investigation to prove that the railroad company violated FELA regulations relating to safety rules, safety training or unreasonably hazardous duties that put you and your co-workers at risk. The employer may deny they put workers in danger or argue that the employee deserves lesser compensation because of their comparative negligence. You need experience on your side to make the employer and their insurer honor their legal obligations.
What Compensation Is Available Under FELA?
A FELA claim covers all damages arising from the accident or injury, such as:
- Medical bills and ongoing medical treatment
- Lost wages and loss of future earning capacity
- Disability or disfigurement
- Pain and suffering
- Mental distress such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or depression
Attorney Carey is familiar with the injuries in railroad work, including loss of limb, crush injuries, brain trauma, broken bones and severe lacerations, burns and electric shock, back and neck injuries, knee injuries, shoulders injuries and other joint injuries. The Carey Firm is committed to maximizing your compensation through a negotiated settlement or by taking your case to court if necessary.
Do You Have A FELA Claim?
All railroad employees are covered by FELA, even if you do not work around trains or tracks. The Carey Firm provides a free consultation to explore your legal remedies for a job-related injury or a family member's wrongful death. There are no attorney fees unless the firm recovers compensation for you.
You can be certain that you will receive vigorous representation from your attorney. Three offices are conveniently located in western New York as well as one in the Rochester area. Call 716-773-3304 or contact us online today.