Morrow & Sheppard LLP are privileged to represent injured workers or family members who have lost loved ones in railroad accidents. According to the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT), every 120 minutes a person or vehicle in America is hit and killed in a train accident, despite the fact that train accidents and derailments have steadily decreased over the years. At Morrow & Sheppard LLP, our experienced Houston railroad accident attorneys can provide you or a loved one with aggressive representation in the event of an accident involving a train in Texas.
What is FELA?
The Federal Employers Liability Act (“FELA”), codified at 45 U.S.C. § 51 et seq. is a United States federal law that protects railroad workers that are injured on the job. Under FELA, an injured railroad worker can sue in state or federal court. Under FELA, an injured employee is entitled to recover damages if his employer was in any way negligent, no matter how slight. Thus, if an employer was just 1% negligent and just 1% at fault for a railroad injury, the injured employee has a right to damages. Moreover, if the employer is shown to have violated a federal safety statute, no further negligence needs to be proven and the injured employee has a right to damages. The stated purpose of FELA is to promote safety in every area of railroad operation. FELA imposes a requirement on the railroad to provide a safe environment for its employees to work.