Railroad Accidents – FELA

West Virginia FELA Attorneys

Federal Employers' Liability Act

Railroad work has historically been filled with risks. In addition to the dangers and physical strain of working in and around heavy equipment or being in a collision or derailment, in past decades exposure to toxic substances has left some railroad employees with brain damage, cancer or other occupational diseases.

The Federal Employers' Liability Act (FELA) passed into law in 1908 allows workers injured in railroad accidents not covered by workers' compensation laws to claim compensation medical expenses, lost wages and the resulting pain and suffering from work injuries. If you have questions about filing a claim for damages under FELA, consult a West Virginia personal injury attorney who is nationally known for successful litigation of occupational illness and injury cases. Contact Hartley Law Group, PLLC!

Exposure and Illness Faced by Railroad Workers in West Virginia

Benzene and other chemical solvents have been linked blood cancers such as:

  • Aplastic Anemia
  • Leukemia (over-creation of white blood cells)
  • Lymphomas (cancer originating in the lymphatic system)
  • Multiple Myeloma (tumors arising in bone marrow)

Each of these diseases are expensive to treat and may cut life short. Asbestos, the only known cause of mesothelioma, has also been linked to lung cancer and gastrointestinal cancers.

Although these substances may have been eliminated by railroads, past exposures still result in more new cases appearing as these illnesses can take decades to develop. New exposures are possible when handling shipments of toxic substances and in accidental spills. If you have recently been in a railroad accident or diagnosed with an occupational disease, you will need a skilled West Virginia injury lawyer who will work tirelessly on your claim for damages and will not back down.

Find a FELA Lawyer in Wheeling, WV

At Hartley Law Group, PLLC, we take our commitment to a client seriously. Each case is thoroughly investigated and prepared. A personal injury attorney at our firm is dedicated to proving liability in a personal injury claim. Our record speaks for itself. We offer a free initial consultation and you pay nothing unless we obtain a settlement in your case. 

Call us today at (888) 510-6547 to get started on your case!

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