Mississippi FELA Lawyer
Injured rail workers in Mississippi may be eligible to obtain financial compensation by filing a claim through the Federal Employer’s Liability Act (FELA). Under FELA, an injured rail worker can seek compensation that is similar to what is available through the Missississippi workers’ compensation system, but the injured rail worker will need to prove that an employer’s negligence caused the injury. Any railway worker who has been injured on the job should get in touch with an attorney who can provide more information about FELA and how the claims process works. Contact our experienced Mississippi FELA lawyer today.
What is a Mississippi FELA Claim?
A Federal Employer’s Liability Act (FELA) claim is a claim made by an injured rail worker under federal law. The process for filing a FELA claim is similar to filing a workers’ compensation claim under Mississippi law in some ways, but there are key differences that injured rail workers should know about. First, the injured rail worker must prove that the employer was negligent. Next, the injured rail worker must prove that the employer’s negligence caused their injury.
When you are able to prove that an employer was negligent and that the negligence resulted in your injury, you can obtain more types of compensation than what is available through Mississippi workers’ compensation. Examples of compensation you can obtain through a successful FELA claim include but are not limited to:
- Medical costs associated with your injury;
- Lost wages, and lost future wages;
- Pain and suffering, including physical and mental pain associated with your injury;
- Loss of your earning capacity; and
- Disability benefits for a partial or total disability.
If you have questions about specific forms of compensation, you should seek advice from a FELA attorney in Mississippi.
Common Injuries in a FELA Claim in Mississippi
It is important to know that FELA claims can involve a wide range of injuries that often affect rail workers in Mississippi and throughout the country. FELA claims can result in coverage for traumatic injuries that occur in accidents on railroads, as well as injuries resulting from occupational disease and exposure. Common types of injuries and conditions that may be covered by FELA include but are not limited to the following:
- Bone fractures;
- Sprains and strains;
- Traumatic brain injuries;
- Spinal cord injuries;
- Carpal tunnel syndrome;
- Back injuries, including traumatic injuries and those caused by repetitive stress or motion;
- Hearing loss;
- Vision loss;
- Cancers caused by exposure to harmful substances or materials; and
When railway work causes a pre-existing condition to become exacerbated, it may be possible for a worker to file a FELA claim, as well. FELA claims usually must be brought within three years from the date of the injury, so it is important to get started on your case quickly with assistance from an attorney.
Contact Lunsford Baskin & Prieve, PLLC Today
Were you injured while doing railroad work? You could be eligible for compensation by filing a FELA claim. Contact our experienced Mississippi FELA lawyer to learn more about how our firm can help you to prove negligence and to obtain the compensation you need.