Wilmington FELA Attorneys Representing Injured Railroad Workers
Handling federal injury claims from offices in Wilmington, Seaford and New Castle
The railroad workers that work on trains and maintain the infrastructure required to support the thousands of miles of track that cross our country work under dangerous and hazardous conditions. Because of the high incidence of injury and death that railroad workers are exposed to on a daily basis in order to do their jobs, the U.S. Congress passed the Federal Employers’ Liability Act (FELA). This law provides protection for interstate railroad workers who are injured on the job.
At the law offices of Silverman, McDonald & Friedman, we represent railroad workers from Wilmington, New Castle, Seaford and throughout Delaware who have been injured on the job in an accident, or who suffer from occupational injuries from years of exposure to harmful substances. We represent your interests and fight on your behalf for fair compensations for your injuries.
How would a railroader qualify for benefits?
FELA is similar to but not the same as workers’ compensation benefits. Under the FELA system, which is a fault-based system, the worker must prove that their employer’s negligence was at least partly responsible for causing their injury. When compared to workers’ compensation benefits, when a railroad worker is injured or permanently disabled, under FELA they will receive much higher compensation than the same worker would receive under workers’ compensation.
After an injured railroader files an injury claim, they can pursue their case in state or federal court. They have the option to accept the settlement offer made by the railroad, make a counter proposal or file a lawsuit. Your FELA case must be filed within the statutory limit of three years from the time of the injury, or when the illness was discovered.
Common injuries covered by FELA
Working for a railroad can be hazardous work that puts employees at risk for countless different types of injuries including but not limited to the following:
- Traumatic brain injury (TBI)
- Facial injuries
- Lung diseases
- Back injuries
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Toxic substance exposure
- Eye injuries
- Hearing loss
What does FELA compensation include?
Rather than the fraction of the worker’s wages that workers’ compensation provides, FELA compensates injured workers all of their lost wages, medical expenses, inconvenience, pain and suffering, loss of quality of life and the cost of future medical care for catastrophic injuries. It also covers funeral expenses for workers killed in workplace accidents.
Benefits of hiring a FELA attorney
If you are a railroader who has sustained a significant injury on the job it is advisable for you to hire an attorney right away. You can be assured that the railroad has a team of high-powered attorneys representing their interests, so you would not want to walk into this fight without a seasoned legal advocate who will assert and protect your rights to compensation.
You have no idea what future impact your injuries will have on your life, but we have a pretty good idea about what you’re up against. The team at Silverman, McDonald & Friedman has represented hundreds of injured railroad workers. We know how to make sure that your settlement includes coverage for future medical care related to your injury.
Let our team of experienced FELA lawyers fight for you
If you are a railway worker who has been injured on the job, we are here to help. You may contact the Delaware offices of Silverman, McDonald & Friedman today for a free consultation to discuss your FELA claim. If you have difficulty traveling to our offices in Seaford, New Castle or Wilmington, we will meet with you at your home. You can reach us toll-free at 302-314-5553 or fill out our contact form.