FELA Claims for Lung Disease
Occupational Injuries Affecting Rail Workers
Railroad workers who contract any form of lung disease cannot file a claim
under normal workers' compensation laws, but are instead covered by
the Federal Employers' Liability Act. Under the FELA, you can receive
far more in compensation than is possible through workers' compensation,
but it is often far more difficult to recover a settlement. You must be
able to prove that your lung disease was caused by negligence on the part
of your employer. Railroad companies are required by law to provide a
safe workplace environment and an experienced railroad injury attorney
may be able to help you win damages on the basis that hazardous conditions
or negligent actions led to your disease.
If you are suffering from
mesothelioma or any other form of lung disease which you contracted during your career
as a railroader, you deserve compensation for your medical bills and lost
income. Many people with lung disease are forced to retire early and you
may also be compensated for your loss of earning power. Unlike workers'
compensation, the FELA allows you to claim damages for your pain and suffering
as well as genuine and serious fear that you will develop
lung cancer after contracting asbestosis.
Help from an Aggressive FELA Attorney
You should not hesitate to speak with an attorney about the possibility of
recovering compensation. Your employer cannot legally retaliate against you for exercising your
rights under the FELA, and if you are harassed or penalized for doing
so you may have grounds for a
whistleblower lawsuit. Marty Jackson will work with you to determine how you contracted your
lung disease, whether through
exposure to welding fumes, or some other cause. He understands how difficult it can be to face a
future of living with a disease caused by another person's negligence
and will do everything he can to help you secure the settlement you deserve.