Working for a railroad subjects employees to potential injuries stemming from the maintenance and operation of immense machines. Moreover, claims can arise far from the victim’s home based on where the train might be at a given time. In 1908, Congress recognized the unique risks facing railroad workers and passed the Federal Employers’ Liability Act (FELA) to protect their rights and safety. Enacted long before state workers’ compensation laws, FELA gives claimants the ability to hold employers accountable for their negligent acts and omissions. At the Barnes Law Firm LLC in Kansas City, Missouri, we are experienced litigators who help railroad employees secure the full amount of compensation they are entitled to under the law when injured on the job. No matter how you were hurt, we’ll create a sound strategy tailored to your situation and needs.
Our background handling both employment law and railroad accident litigation gives us the ability to deal with the special issues associated with FELA cases. Before you proceed, it’s important to understand the difference between these actions and workers’ compensation claims. Employer fault is not applicable in workers’ comp, but it is an element of a FELA claim, and if negligence is proven, the injured railroad employee can collect damages for pain, suffering and emotional harm in addition to benefits available under workers’ comp, such as:
Seeking the professional legal advice of an attorney who specializes in Federal Employers’ Liability Act lawsuits is essential to a successful case. Railroad companies have specially trained lawyers and adjusters whose job it is to minimize or eliminate their clients’ liability. If you are a rail worker and have questions or need assistance with injury benefits, we have the skill and background to provide strong representation.
Finding the evidence needed to prove a FELA claim requires assistance from a qualified professional. Our firm knows what type of negligence leads to derailments, falls, collisions, railyard injuries, and other incidents that affect railroad workers. By pursuing the truth relentlessly, we can help overcome the defenses that transportation companies and their insurance carriers try to assert.
The Barnes Law Firm LLC represents railroad workers in FELA actions arising from all types of job injuries. Please call 816-221-4321 or contact us online for a free initial consultation regarding your potential claim. Our office is on West 47th Street in Kansas City, Missouri.