Fayetteville FELA Attorneys Know Railroad Litigation
Complicated law requires informed representation
The Federal Employers Liability Act (FELA) establishes railroad workers’ rights to damages from their employers when they are injured on the job. The Martin Law Firm helps railroad workers recover compensation for injuries caused by their employers’ negligence and safety violations.
FELA is the oldest U.S. workers compensation law. Enacted in 1908, the law compensates railroad workers who are injured on the job. The worker must prove that the injury occurred because the railroad was negligent in some way.
These lawsuits differ from workers compensation systems operated by the states. Workers compensation laws set up no-fault insurance systems, which vary from state to state. FELA claims can be filed in either state or federal court. Also in most workers compensation systems, a worker is paid for an injury if the injury occurred at work. In railroad cases, the injured worker must show that the injury was caused by the railroad.
FELA awards for workplace injuries are generally much higher than in workers compensation claims. FELA claims also apply the legal doctrine of “comparative negligence,” meaning a jury determines the percentage of negligence for which each party is responsible, and awards damages based on that percentage.
Legal representation is essential for railroad claims
The railroads have extensive resources and experienced professionals protecting their interests against the injured worker. Injured railroad workers in Arkansas, in turn, need Fayetteville FELA attorneys to protect their interests.
If they have not consulted railroad injury attorneys in Fayetteville, railroad workers might unintentionally make statements that could harm their claims. Anyone injured in a train accident should, therefore, talk to FELA attorneys in Fayetteville, Arkansas, before talking to anyone from the railroad.
These cases have a time limit — they must be filed within three years of the date of an injury-causing accident. There may be exceptions to the three-year deadline in some cases. This complex time calculation requires the knowledge of a railroad worker injury lawyer in Fayetteville, Arkansas.
Skillful legal assistance in unraveling FELA claims
The Martin Law Firm has experience helping hundreds of workers with their FELA claims. Contact the Martin Law Firm at or online today to schedule a free initial consultation. We take evening and weekend appointments. All work is done on a contingency basis, which means you pay nothing unless we win compensation for you.