Successfully Representing Injured Railroad Workers
As a railroad employee, you spend much of your time working with and around dangerous machinery. If your employer does not take the necessary precautions to maintain a safe workplace environment, you could suffer a severe, career-ending injury.
Unlike other workers, railroad employees not able to receive workers’ compensation benefits after they are hurt on the job site. If you are seeking damages for work-related injuries, you will need to file a claim for your injuries under the Federal Employers Liability Act (FELA). Handling a FELA claim is difficult, but our lawyers at Callis Papa & Szewczyk, PC, are equipped to help.
What Is FELA?
State government agencies do not regulate the railroad industry; the federal government does. As a result, hurt railroad employees do not follow the same procedures as do employees who file workers’ compensation claims through their state’s compensation commission.
In order to receive payment for your injuries through FELA, you will need to show that your employer or a coworker was partially to blame for causing the accident that led to your injuries. Our lawyers have represented many railroad workers in southern Illinois, so we know which type of evidence makes a compelling case.
What Damages Can You Receive Through A FELA Claim?
Under FELA, injured workers may receive damages that cover:
- Past medical expenses and future medical bills
- Past lost wages and anticipated lost income
- Physical pain and emotional and mental suffering
- Lost earning potential
FELA benefits can be more generous than workers’ compensation benefits. As a result, the stakes are high when you file your claim. Our attorneys have a vast understanding of the process and protocols necessary to file a successful claim.
What Considerations Should You Keep In Mind When Filing?
Although FELA benefits are awarded to injured workers, not all personal injury and workers’ compensation attorneys are familiar with this intricate field of law. At Callis Papa & Szewczyk, PC, our team of attorneys knows the system and is committed to protecting your right to receive full compensation.
We are here and ready to help you with all your FELA matters.
Do You Have Other FELA-Related Questions? Get Answers Today.
Even if you believe you were partially responsible for causing your workplace accident, you may still be entitled to receive compensation for your injuries. Learn about the possible outcomes of your case during a no-cost, confidential consultation. Contact us today online or over the phone at 618-452-1323 to reach a concerned attorney.