Railroad Workers Covered by FELA

January 1, 2014

As a direct response to the exorbitant number of deaths occurring among railroad workers in 1908, and the fact that most railroad workers are not eligible for workers’ compensation, Congress passed the Federal Employers’ Liability Act, FELA, which enables a railroad worker to sue for job related injuries.  FELA does not set a specific amount for injuries or illness, but instead, allows a jury to determine the monetary pay-out.

Many railroad injuries have resulted from workers being exposed to toxic fumes and solvents during the time span between 1960 into the 1990s.  Many workers experienced brain damage ranging from mild to severe.

Multi-million Dollar Pay-outs

The largest railroad company in the eastern portion of the U.S. is CSX, and it is estimated that their payout for injuries caused by exposure to solvents was close to $35 million, with more than 450 cases being settled out of court.  CSX, however, denies that there was any connection to the exposure to solvents and the brain damage experienced by the railroad workers.

Brain Injuries

Toxic Encephalopathy is a brain condition caused by solvent exposure. It is extremely difficult to diagnose, so it is likely that many workers suffering from this condition have either been misdiagnosed, or not diagnosed with the condition at all.  Sadly, this appears to leave open the door for many railroad companies to deny that any of their workers suffer from this devastating condition.

If you are, or have been a railroad worker and suffer from debilitating brain damage or injuries, contact Seattle accident attorneys at Savage Law Firm today for a consultation. It is time for you to learn more about your legal options, and the medical treatment you deserve to receive in addition to compensation for your devastating injuries.

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