FELA Lawsuit Funding – Railroad Worker Claims
FELA (Federal Employers Liability Act) is a federal law created in 1908 that applies to railroad workers that are injured in the course of doing their jobs. FELA applies to workers who are not covered by workers’ compensation. You should consult your attorney to determine if your situation is covered by FELA or some other law.
In order to collect on a claim under FELA, the injured railroad worker must show negligence on the part of the railroad company contributed to the accident causing the injury. If the worker was partially responsible for the injury, then the award in the case may be proportionately reduced based on the contribution of the injured worker to the cause of the accident.
The types of injuries that qualify for FELA lawsuit funding include (but are not limited to) the following
- injuries related to exposure to toxic solvents
- herniated spinal disks
- bone fractures
- shoulder injuries (e.g. rotator cuff and torn muscles)
- knee injuries (e.g. torn meniscus, torn ligaments)
- burn injuries
- eye injuries
- head injuries
- an injury requiring surgery
- loss of body part (e.g. amputations)
- injuries resulting in death
- soft tissue injuries (the advances on soft tissue injuries are usually smaller if these are the most serious injuries in the case because the overall case value is lower)
The documents we need to see for FELA lawsuit funding include the following
- attorney/client retainer agreement (optional)
- incident report
- complaint document (if a lawsuit has been filed)
- medical records (e.g. emergency room reports, X-ray reports, MRI reports, CAT scan reports, surgical reports, doctors narrative reports describing status of injuries)
- proof of defendant’s insurance
Several basic questions about lawsuit finding are answered on the page FAQ’s About Lawsuit Funding.
If you have additional questions, or if you would like to learn if your lawsuit qualifies for lawsuit funding, please click here to contact us