Railroad Disability Benefits in Boston, MA
A railroad injury can be physically and financially traumatizing for your and your family. The Boston, MA railroad accident lawyers at Cahill Goetsch & Perry, P.C. are experienced in making sure you receive your full benefits as stipulated under federal legislation. Our firm has three decades of railroad injury award experience and has represented clients who work for Amtrak, Massachusetts Bay Commuter Railroad, and many other east coast lines.
Railroad Injury Benefits
If you have been injured while working on the railroad or for a railroad company, there are several federal legislative acts that protect your rights and benefits as a federal employee.
- Federal Employers' Liability Act (FELA) – Passed in 1908, this act of Congress is intended to protect railroad employees from injury by shifting financial responsibility for such injuries to the employer. The legislation is meant to encourage railroad owners to improve the safety conditions of work sites.
- Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) – The FMLA gives railway employees the right to take time off from work for a “serious health condition” with no resulting disciplinary penalties for absenteeism.
- Federal Rail Safety Act (FRSA) – This act also protects the rights and health of railway workers by prohibiting railways from disciplining or discharging workers for any “protected activity.” The term “protected activity” includes actions such as reporting an occupational illness or injury or reporting unsafe work conditions.
These three legislative acts bestow important rights on the railway workers in Boston and nationally. Our Boston railroad lawyers are well versed in your entitlements under FELA, FMLA and FRSA, and will work hard to make sure your rights as a railroad employee are protected.