What is the Federal Employers Liability Act (FELA)?

J.P. Gonzalez-Sirgo
Founder of J.P. Gonzalez-Sirgo, P.A.

Federal legislation creates certain protections for employees. The Federal Employers Liability Act (FELA) is a federal regulation in the interest of uniformity. This means that under the principle of federal pre-emption it will take precedence to your applicable jurisdiction’s laws. The origin of this act can be found in the annotation of the United States Code (45 U.S.C.A. § 51) which was created to offer protection to workers from railroad accidents that involved interstate or foreign commerce.

It was created to offer protection for injuries to employees that stemmed from negligence. Eventually the application of the act grew, and it began to include other areas of employment and injury such as emotional distress or exposure to harmful chemical agents. The employer is liable in damages to either the injured employee or a representative of his estate in the case that the injury resulted in death. However, the damages must stem from the negligence of officers, agents, or other federal employees in work relating to the furtherance of interstate or foreign commerce or substantially related to it.

You may be entitled to recovery if this act is applicable to you. An experienced attorney can help you recover under FELA and contest denials of negligence on behalf of the employer and their legal team. A legal expert can also analyze what type of compensation you could be entitled to such as loss of future earnings and pain and suffering. 

You can reach Personal Injury Lawyer J.P. Gonzalez-Sirgo by dialing his direct number at (786) 272-5841, calling the main office at (305) 461-1095, or Toll Free at 1 (866) 71-CLAIM or email Attorney Gonzalez-Sirgo directly at[email protected].


-45 U.S.C.A. § 51

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