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Railroad/FELA Accidents



Railroad Workers’ Accidents and Injuries

Were you injured while working as an employee of a railroad company? We can help.

The Charleston railroad accident attorneys at Howell and Christmas, LLC are ready to assist you with your railroad accident claim. These work related accidents and injuries fall under an area of the law known as the Federal Employers’ Liability Act, otherwise known as FELA. This law has been in place since 1908 to protect injured workers. Any worker who works for a railroad company is likely covered by this law. The Act provides that railroad workers and employees are to be provided a safe work environment by their employers. Those injured and their families are entitled to recover money damages if the worker is hurt in a railroad related accident. Our railroad/FELA attorneys are ready to assist you with all aspects of your case.

The damages available to workers covered by this Act are usually much better than the limited recoveries available to workers covered under most state workers’ compensation systems. For example, FELA employees are able to request a jury trial to have their damages decided by a jury of their peers as opposed to an administrative Commissioner and are allowed to seek recovery for pain and suffering, medical treatment, lost wages, permanent loss of use, permanent disability and other money damages that are not allowed by most state workers’ compensation Acts. The Charleston railroad accident attorneys at Howell and Christmas, LLC can help you understand the laws that apply to your accident and can help you maximize the recovery in your case.

Accidents in this area include traditional on the job injuries like spine damage, brain injury, and loss of use to arms, legs and all other body parts in the human anatomy. However, railroad workers are also hurt in ways that are specific to their particular work environment including solvent exposure claims and toxic encephalopathy. If you have been injured while working for a railroad company, you likely have a case.

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