Railroad law encompasses all legal matters that relate to railroad services. These cases typically involve personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits brought by passengers and non-passengers alike. Workers' compensation is another legal issue that arises when railroad workers are injured on the job.
The Federal Employers' Liability Act (FELA) serves as the exclusive remedy in an action brought by a railroad employee against his employer. FELA imposes on railroads the duty to exercise reasonable care to provide each and every railroad employee a safe place to work.
Under FELA, a railroad employee may recover the following damages for their injuries occurring on the job:
Due to the broad nature of railroad law, you may be hard pressed to find a lawyer specializing exclusively in a field by that name. However, knowing that railroad law can be divided into personal injury, workers' compensation, and wrongful death may help you narrow your search.
The type of lawyer you may need depends on many factors, including your relationship to the railroad service (i.e., are you an employee of the railroad, passenger, or non-passenger) and what type of injury was suffered (i.e., an employee injured during work or passenger hurt by defective railroad equipment.) To fully understand your rights and to preserve any possible remedies, you should contact a lawyer immediately.
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