Navigating Railroad Injuries (FELA) And Employer Retaliation
Railroad workers regularly work in dangerous conditions and can experience serious workplace accidents resulting in injury. While injured workers in most industries file for workers’ compensation benefits, railroad workers file claims through a separate system, known as the Federal Employers Liability Act (FELA). A successful FELA claim can cover lost wages, medical bills and pain and suffering from the accident. Atwood, Holsten, Brown, Deaver, Spier & Israel Law Firm, P.C., L.L.O., has over 150 years of combined attorney experience. Our capable trial lawyers have assisted many injured railroad workers, and can provide the in-depth counsel you require to pursue maximum benefits and recovery.
Were you injured in a railroad injury? Call our firm at 402-817-2717 or toll free at 800-655-9606 to schedule a free initial consultation. All of our FELA cases are handled on a contingency basis. You do not pay us unless we secure benefits on your behalf.
Helping Clients Determine Negligence
FELA claims require injured employees to demonstrate that the railroad, a co-worker or a manufacturer’s negligence contributed to the injury. The railroad has a responsibility to provide its workers with a safe workplace environment. If it fails to do so, it must compensate the injured employee for their accident. Our experienced attorneys understand the full range of opportunities to prove negligence. We can carefully examine the circumstances of your case to identify and prove instances of negligence such as faulty equipment, a hazardous work environment or inadequate training.
Protection From Employer Retaliation
Some railroad workers are afraid to report workplace injuries or safety violations for fear that their employer will fire, demote or otherwise retaliate against them for doing so. However, it is illegal for a railroad to take any adverse actions against you. Railroad workers are protected from retaliation in many circumstances by the FRSA/§ 20109. This can include a range of negative behaviors, including investigations, demotions, suspensions, reprimands and failing to promote a deserving employee. You only have 180 dates from the date of an adverse action to report inappropriate employer retaliation. If you experience any negative workplace treatment after you report an injury or safety violation, you should contact an experienced FELA attorney immediately for counsel.
Contact Us To Pursue Just Compensation
If you are injured in a railroad injury, call Atwood, Holsten, Brown, Deaver, Spier & Israel at 402-817-2717 or toll free at 800-655-9606 to schedule a free initial case consultation. You may also contact our firm online. With offices in Omaha and Lincoln, we represent injured railroad workers throughout Nebraska and Iowa.
Visit our railroad injuries FAQ page to learn more about FELA claims and your right to compensation.