The Federal Employers Liability Act (FELA)

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What is the difference between workers' compensation and FELA?

The Federal Employers Liability Act (FELA)

Certain jobs in the railroad industry are covered by workers' compensation insurance under the Federal Employers Liability Act (FELA). Railroad employees covered under FELA must show that the railroad has acted negligently or unsafely in order to be covered by their benefits, which is different from the "no-fault" workers' comp insurance in some states. FELA claims are quite different from workers' compensation claims, and an experienced workers' compensation lawyer is usually needed to make sure that you obtain all the benefits that you are entitled to. See the Department of Labor's website for more detailed information on this Federal workers' comp program.

   

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