Charleston FELA Attorney Helps Injured Railroad Workers

South Carolina train accident lawyer represents injured transportation employees

Marvel et al., LLC works hard to get injured railroad workers the benefits and compensation they deserve. The Federal Employers’ Liability Act (FELA) has been the law since the early 1900s. It allows employees of interstate rail lines to bring claims when they are injured in the course of their employment. FELA is different from workers’ compensation because workers must prove that their workplace was not safe. I have successfully helped rail workers get the compensation they need to pay their medical bills and move forward.

Understanding the dangers of railroad work

Jobs on the railroad are especially dangerous. Workers are exposed to the elements while working with heavy equipment and massive machines. Engineers, mechanics, brakemen, switchmen, welders and yard workers all risk injury every day. I help railway workers who have suffered all types of injuries including:

  • Crushing injuries
  • Burns
  • Electrocutions
  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Back and neck injuries
  • Broken bones
  • Respiratory disease and other illnesses due to exposure

I represent Charleston rail workers seeking compensation or benefits for any type of occupational injury or disease.

Understanding liability under FELA

FELA works the same way in every state. Those who have been hurt while working for a railroad company can recover under FELA, but they must prove that their employer was at least partially responsible for their injuries. Your employer is liable for whatever percentage of your injuries is their fault. Under FELA, workers can recover compensation for pain and suffering. The amount awarded is determined by a jury. Injured workers can also recover for lost wages and medical expenses. I work to maximize your recovery.

Limits under FELA

FELA’s protections only apply to workers employed by interstate rail companies. This means that many yard workers, commuter rail workers and other types of railroad employees may be excluded. Employees who are not eligible for FELA can usually recover benefits under South Carolina unemployment laws. Workers only have three years from the date of their injury to bring a claim. In cases of injuries due to long-term exposure, such as hearing loss, you only have three years to bring your claim from the time you should have known about the injury. I help rail workers prove that they are eligible to recover under FELA.

If you or a loved one has experienced a railroad work injury, call today

Marvel et al., LLC provides experienced and skilled help to injured railway workers. Call 843-853-4877 or contact me online to schedule a free consultation at my Charleston office.