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Will FELA cover my workplace injury?

On Behalf of | Mar 11, 2024 | Personal injury

Accidents can happen anywhere, including at work. If sustain an injury on the job, you may be wondering if the Federal Employers Liability Act will provide coverage for your medical expenses and other damages.

Securing compensation under FELA starts by understanding the law and whether it applies to your profession.

Understanding FELA

FELA is a federal law enacted to protect railroad workers injured on the job. It allows employees to seek compensation for injuries caused by the negligence of their employer or coworkers. FELA covers a wide range of injuries, including those resulting from accidents, exposure to hazardous substances and repetitive stress.

Eligibility for FELA coverage

FELA provides coverage for a specific group of workers employed by railroad companies engaged in interstate commerce. Eligible workers include:

  • Railroad employees
  • Maintenance and construction crews
  • On-board services personnel
  • Administrative and clerical staff

It is important to note that FELA coverage extends to both full-time and part-time employees of railroad companies. However, independent contractors and individuals not directly employed by a railroad company may not be eligible for benefits under FELA.

Proving negligence

Unlike traditional workers’ compensation programs, FELA requires injured workers to prove that their employer’s negligence contributed to the accident or injury. This means demonstrating that the employer failed to provide a safe working environment. Employers have an obligation to properly maintain equipment and enforce safety regulations.

FELA provides important protections for railroad workers who suffer injuries on the job. By understanding your rights and responsibilities under this law, you can take steps to seek the compensation you deserve for your workplace injury.