What is the Federal Employers Liability Act (FELA)?

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

The Federal Employers Liability Act (FELA) is a federal regulation that creates certain protections for employees.  Under the principle of federal pre-emption, FELA will take precedence over any state 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.  The law 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. The employer is liable for damages to either the injured employee or a representative of his or her 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.

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-45 U.S.C.A. § 51

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