Railroad and Barge Workers
Railroad Accident Lawyer, St. Louis
Railroad workers have different rights and these include the right to a trial by jury.
Damages to railroad workers may include those not available to regular or typical Workers’ Compensation claimants.
If you work for a railroad, your Workers’ Compensation benefits come from the Federal Employers Liability Act (FELA). Congress passed FELA in 1908 in response to the high number of railroad deaths in the late 1800s and early 1900s.
Under this Act, railroad workers who are not covered by regular Workers’ Comp laws are able to sue companies over their injury claims.
FELA allows monetary payouts for pain and suffering decided by juries based on comparative negligence rather than the type of benefits available under Workers’ Compensation.
FELA allows monetary payouts to railroad workers for pain and suffering based on comparative negligence.
The Jones Act provides for a civil lawsuit when barge and river boat workers are injured at work.
Barge and Boat Accidents: Worker Compensation
Barge and river boat workers who are injured at work fall under The Jones Act. While patterned on FELA, The Jones Act has some differences but still provides for a civil lawsuit and is not governed by a preset table or chart to limit damages.
If you are hurt at work as a barge or river boat worker, you only have one opportunity to pursue your claim and in recent years, injured employees have seen their rights cut back by state and federal legislators.
If you have been hurt on the job as a railroad, barge or boat worker, contact The Farris Law Firm at 314-A-LAWYER (252-9937) today for a free consultation.
About the author, S.E. Farris
Spencer Farris is a personal injury lawyer at The S.E. Farris Law Firm in St. Louis, Missouri. See his profile on Google+