Protecting The Rights Of Injured Railroad Workers In Kentucky
The railroad industry has significantly evolved over the past century. One thing that has not changed is the risks of a catastrophic injury railroad workers regularly face. When serious injuries occur because a railroad employer is negligent, you may be able to file a claim under the Federal Employers Liability Act (FELA).
At Satterley & Kelley PLLC, we have extensive experience assisting clients in Louisville and throughout Kentucky with FELA claims. Our attorneys have developed a reputation as highly skilled trial lawyers who have recovered millions of dollars in verdicts and settlements on behalf of injured railroad workers in Kentucky.
What Is The Federal Employers Liability Act?
Congress enacted FELA more than 100 years ago to protect and compensate railroad workers who suffer injuries on the job. This law covers most injuries that railroad workers experience, even for workers who do not perform their regular job duties on or near trains.
Unlike workers’ compensation, FELA is a fault-based program. In order to receive compensation for your injuries, you must be able to demonstrate that your employer or the railroad company’s actions were at least in part responsible for your injuries.
What Will Damages Cover?
If you are able to demonstrate that your employer was at fault, you can receive compensation for a broad range of catastrophic injuries, including severely broken bones, damage to internal organs and amputations.
Successful lawsuits often provide compensation for the following damages:
- Lost past and future wages
- Past and future health care expenses
- Past and future pain, suffering and mental distress
In the tragic circumstances of a fatal accident, the spouse and children of the decedent may receive compensation. If the decedent had no spouse or children, compensation typically goes to surviving parents.
FELA claims are often complex cases involving complicated laws and many different moving parts. Our attorneys focus on conducting a thorough analysis to determine the best approach for your case. We are prepared to stand up to the railroad companies to pursue full compensation for your injuries and help ensure you do not have to settle for anything less than you deserve.
Contact Our Louisville Office
If you are a railroad worker in Kentucky who was injured on the job, it is important to take action to protect your right to fair compensation. If you are not sure how to take the first steps, the attorneys at Satterley & Kelley PLLC are here to help.