Railroad Accident Lawyers in Houston, TX
The Federal Employers’ Liability Act (FELA) was enacted in 1908 to protect federal railroad employees who were not covered by Workers’ Compensation. Congress recognized the importance of providing coverage to railroad workers and their families who were experiencing a high number of railroad deaths and catastrophic injuries. FELA gave these employees and their families the means to sue companies for injuries, including pain and suffering, as well as wrongful death.
Under FELA, injured employees can seek compensation for wage loss, future wage loss, medical expenses and treatments, pain and suffering, and partial or permanent disability. Some of the railroad companies still operating in Texas include: Union Pacific, Kansas City Southern Railroad and BNSF Railway.
The Lore Law Firm is based in Houston, Texas and represents railroad employee accident victims and their families throughout Texas and the United States. We understand how to evaluate a railroad accident (FELA) claim or railroad fatality and are dedicated to ensuring you and your family receives the maximum amount of compensation for your claim. We may also be able to assist you with cash advances to help cover medical and living expenses while your case is pending.
What Do You Need to Prove to Recover under FELA?
In order to recover under FELA, railroad employees must prove that they were injured on the job and that their injuries (or the death of a family member) were caused by the negligence or recklessness of:
- Their employer (or company affiliated with their employer)
- A coworker (fellow railroad employee)
- An equipment manufacturer
What Can You Recover under FELA?
If you are a railroad employee injured on the job, you may be entitled to recover the following:
- Medical expenses
- Rehabilitation and long-term care costs
- Loss of wages
- Pain and suffering
If a family member was killed in a railroad accident, you may be entitled to compensation. If you were injured in a railroad accident or if you lost a family member in a railroad accident, it is important to consult a FELA or railroad accident lawyer as soon as possible to ensure you understand your rights and your legal interests are fully protected.
Please remember, there are time limitations in which you can bring a FELA claim for a railroad accident or injury, so contact an experienced lawyer today.