The Federal Employers Liability Act (FELA) was first enacted by Congress in 1908 to protect railroad workers who were injured while on the job. These injuries can range from bodily harm sustained in railroad accidents to diseases such as mesothelioma caused by exposure to toxic substances in the workplace. If you are a railroad worker who has been diagnosed with mesothelioma or another occupational disease as a result of your employment or have lost a loved one due to asbestos exposure, you should seek legal guidance on your rights and options under FELA. Our team can help.
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At The Perecman Firm, P.L.L.C., you will find a highly competent team of New York City workers’ compensation lawyers who are dedicated to helping you pursue the compensation you need and deserve. Our firm has been the driving force in obtaining more than $350 million in settlements and court verdicts for injury victims and their families. With more than 30 years of experience focused on personal injury, workers’ compensation, and wrongful death claims, we have earned the respect of clients, our peers, and the media.
While it can be likened to state workers’ compensation, FELA has several differences. For example, FELA does not pay out compensation according to a set benefits schedule. Pain and suffering, which is not covered under state workers’ compensation systems, is granted under FELA as well as economic damages such as medical expenses and lost wages. These forms of compensation are not automatic, however. Monetary payouts are decided by juries on a comparative negligence basis upon proof of full or partial negligence by railroad company officers, agents, or other employees or due to defects.
Once negligence is proven, what amounts to full compensation may be awarded to the railroad worker or his / her personal representative. Often, this compensation is far more than other workers would receive through workers’ compensation benefits programs.
Since the 1960s and forward, tens of millions of dollars have been awarded to railroad workers in lawsuits under FELA involving injuries and deaths related to chemical solvent exposure. It has been estimated that thousands of workers were exposed to high concentrations of these toxic substances for years at a time which is linked to toxic encephalopathy (brain damage).
Documenting your injuries and proving liability in your FELA case can be a complicated and time-consuming matter. While being forced to deal with the consequences of your injuries or work-related disease, you will likely have little time or attention for a complex legal task. An experienced New York City workers’ compensation attorney at our firm can handle all of the details of your case. You can count on the competence, compassion, and dedication of our team at The Perecman Firm, P.L.L.C..
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The Perecman Firm, P.L.L.C.'s team of NYC personal injury attorneys have recovered more than $350 million in verdicts and settlements for their clients. We understand the financial and emotional toll a serious accident can have on your life. That’s why we dedicate ourselves to maximizing your recovery and securing what you deserve.
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