FELA provides certain damages for railroaders, which is the legal term for a particular sum of money. That sum of money is based on several different elements of each individual case. Some of the elements that determine a particular case’s value are listed below. Do not hesitate to call the experienced members of our firm to consult about your damages so we can protect you and your family.
Lost Wages from the Past and for the Future
Loss of Earning Capacity
Type of Injury, the Severity of the Injury and How Long It Lasts
Aggravation of a Pre-Existing Condition
Disfigurement and Disability
Pain and Suffering for the Past and Future
Past and Future Medical Expenses
The bottom line in any FELA claim is the amount of money that a case is worth. No one can restore complete health to the injured person. The law only provides for monetary relief by virtue of a settlement or jury verdict.
If a settlement cannot be reached, then a jury must determine the value of the case after hearing all of the evidence. This means the jury must hear from the injured person, who must be properly prepared as to how to testify in Court, as well as fellow workers who may have witnessed the accident. The jury must also hear from the injured railroader's doctors and an economist who calculates lost wages for the past and into the future. Trying to reach a fair and equitable settlement is very difficult for an injured person to do with no experience in these matters. Without legal representation, you may undervalue your claim and not receive what you rightfully deserve under the FELA.