Railroad workers are employed under extremely harsh conditions and personal injuries and railroad accidents are all too common an occurrence in this field of work. The FELA attorneys at Lipkin & Apter have experience litigating in both state and federal courts and understand the complexities of the law. We are often asked if illnesses are covered under FELA (Federal Employers Liability Act), so we have put together this resource for railroad workers and their families to help.

Certain illnesses are covered under FELA law, when those illnesses are caused by the dangerous and hazardous working conditions resulting from the railroad employer's negligence. While there are a number of illnesses and diseases that may be covered, the FELA attorneys at Lipkin & Apter are here to share some specific examples of illnesses covered under FELA law include:

  • Respiratory Diseases
    • Set off by exposure to toxic fumes, fibers or particles
  • Heart Disease
    • Brought on by excessively stressful working conditions on the railroad
  • Brain damage
    • Often set off by exposure to toxic solvents
  • Skin Conditions
    • Produced by exposure to chemicals, solvents or other cleaning components
  • Hearing loss
    • Often caused by exposure to extreme noise levels while on the job
  • Toxic poisoning
    • Occurs when hazardous wastes and chemicals are not properly stored or disposed of
  • Frostbite
    • Triggered by extremely cold working conditions

Learn more about the differences between FELA and workers compensation from Chicago personal injury attorney Peter Higgins:

Unfortunately, many of these illnesses are often not discovered for many years after the illness is contracted, so it is important to understand the statues of limitations for these lawsuits. Working with an experienced FELA attorney can help simplify the process. Contact the lawyers at Lipkin & Apter today for more information and to set up a free consultation. Our personal injury attorneys have helped railroad workers throughout the United States receive appropriate compensation after a railroad injury or illness and we look forward to speaking with you.