Railroad Worker Injury-FELA
Railroad work poses treacherous hazards not found in the traditional workplace. Due to heavy equipment, human error, repetitive work practices and exposure to toxic chemicals, railroad work can lead serious injury or even death. Our Lafayette railroad injury lawyers understand that a serious injury can greatly impact a railroad worker's ability to earn a living and quality of life, especially if the worker does not qualify for workers' compensation.
To protect injured railroad workers, Congress enacted the Federal Employers' Liability Act (FELA). This federal law applies to railroad workers who are not covered by workers' compensation. FELA provides railroad employees the right to sue their employers if injured on the job. Unlike workers compensation, which permits automatic recovery, to recover under FELA a railroad worker must prove that his employer was in some way negligent and responsible for his injury. The railroad injury attorneys at our Lafayette firm understand what to prove to meet this standard.
Examples of railroad injuries that commonly stem from an employer's negligence include:
- Brain damage due to solvent exposure
- Repetitive work practices injury, including carpel tunnel syndrome or tendonitis
- Slip and fall injuries
- Cancer, mesothelioma or lung damage to due asbestos exposure
- Electrocution or burn due to human or mechanical error
- Injury after stuck by large equipment
Successful proof of an employer's negligence allows an injured worker to recover full compensation for his injury. This recovery may include medical expenses, lost wages and pain and suffering. More importantly, this recovery is often far greater than a workers' compensation award and fully compensates an injured worker for his loss.
Broussard & David represents railroad workers who suffer serious injuries while on the job. If you or a loved one was seriously injured while working in the railroad industry, our Lafayette railroad injury attorneys are available to analyze your legal claims and assert your federally-protected rights as a railroad employee.
We offer a complimentary consultation to all prospective clients. For questions, call Broussard & David at 888-337-2323 (toll free) or 337-233-2323 (local). You can also contact us online for answers to your questions or to schedule your consultation with a railroad injury lawyer in Lafayette.