The Federal Employers’ Liability Act (FELA)

Railroad employees are protected by the Federal Employers’ Liability Act (FELA). This law is intended to increase safety and provide legal recourse for injured railroad workers. Generally, Under FELA, an injured employee does not receive regular workers’ compensation, and also the worker may prove a claim that the railroad company was negligent. If the worker’s own negligence contributes to the railroad injury, usually the employer may still be required to provide partial compensation if the company bears some responsibility for the injury or death. For more information about FELA, or if you need to speak with an attorney, contact our firm immediately.


Railroad accident litigation involves complex laws and requires specific knowledge of FELA laws. If you are an injured railroad employee, there are several important steps you should take:

  • File a report with your supervisor to document the railroad injury. Do not sign or give statements to claims agents without consulting a railroad injury attorney. A statement by you may later be used to absolve the company and keep you from being compensated.
  • Contact an attorney who knows how to represent railroad employees. The attorneys at our office are well-versed in FELA law, and we can help you present the strongest case possible for compensation.


Our firm has handled significant railroad accident cases involving:


Contact Baggett McCall, LLC in Lake Charles, Louisiana, for a free consultation, or call 337-478-8888 or 800-639-2524 now.  Speak directly with an experienced railroad accident and FELA lawyer. Choose your lawyer carefully.