Seeking Compensation For Railroad Injuries
There is a special law regulating claims by injured railroad workers. It is called the Federal Employers’ Liability Act (FELA), and it has been around for over a century. It is still the law of the land. If you were hurt or injured in a railroad accident or develop an asbestos-related disease from working on the railroad, you need an attorney who knows how to use it to assert your rights.
Asbestos-related diseases, including mesothelioma and lung cancer, are covered by FELA in addition to other types of injuries. A railroad worker may develop an asbestos-related disease from various sources, including from the railroad equipment, train care, locomotives, and even from the buildings in which the person worked. The insulation used on the locomotives is an especially common source of asbestos exposure. If locomotive exposure is involved, one concern that would need to be considered is whether the person worked on steam locomotives in addition to diesel locomotives.
At Summers, Rufolo & Rodgers, in Chattanooga, our experienced lawyers have knowledge of FELA claims as well as a proven record of results in personal injury cases. Give us call today at 423-265-2385 to arrange a time to talk about your specific situation in a no-cost consultation. We serve clients in Chattanooga, Memphis, Jackson, Knoxville, Erwin and throughout Tennessee.
What Was Your Job and How Were You Hurt?
There are, of course many job categories in the railroad industry, each with its own challenges. For example, someone whose job is to maintain the locomotives faces different risks than someone working as a ticket agent.
No matter what happened, you need to be aware of the fact the operative federal law places certain limits on how long you have to bring a claim. We can advise you about this and take action accordingly on your behalf.
You may have been working for Norfolk Southern, Southern Railways, the Illinois Central, the GM&O, CSX or some other railroad. Keep in mind the applicable federal law — FELA — applies regardless of the railroad for which you worked.