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Navigating railroad injury liability in Tennessee

On Behalf of | May 23, 2024 | Railroad Worker Injury

Railroad workers face unique hazards on the job. Injuries can have serious, life-altering consequences. Understanding how to navigate railroad injury liability cases is crucial.

The unique risks of railroad work

Railroad work can be dangerous due to heavy machinery, high speeds, and tough working conditions. Workers can get hurt from accidents, equipment issues, and exposure to hazardous materials, resulting in anything from minor injuries to life-threatening conditions like brain and spinal cord injuries, and amputations.

The Federal Employers Liability Act (FELA)

In Tennessee, the Federal Employers Liability Act governs railroad injury liability cases. Enacted in 1908, FELA provides a federal system of legal recourse for railroad workers injured on the job. Unlike workers’ compensation, which provides no-fault coverage, FELA requires injured workers to prove that their employer’s negligence played a role in their injuries.

Proving negligence under FELA

To succeed in a FELA claim, an injured railroad worker must demonstrate that the railroad company or its employees were negligent. This can include failing to provide a safe work environment, inadequate training, insufficient safety equipment, or failure to maintain equipment properly. Even a slight degree of negligence can make the railroad company liable for damages.

Steps to take after a railroad injury

After a railroad injury, taking immediate and appropriate steps can significantly impact the outcome of a FELA claim. First, report the injury to your supervisor and seek medical attention. Document everything related to the injury, including the conditions that led to the accident and any witnesses present.

Securing fair compensation

FELA helps injured railroad workers get money for medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and lower earning ability. It’s important to get fair compensation for serious injuries to cover long-term care and support your family.

Moving forward after a railroad injury

Railroad injuries can be devastating, but understanding your rights under FELA and Tennessee law can help you navigate the path to recovery. By taking prompt action and knowing what steps to follow, you can build a strong case for compensation.


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