Federal Employers Liability Act of 1908 law still actively protects railroad workers

July 18th, 2016

Halunen Law attorney Chris Moreland receives favorable ruling in FELA case against BNSF in Montana Supreme Court.

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Chris Moreland

Established in 1908, the Federal Employers Liability Act (FELA) was passed to protect railroad workers who faced, and who continue to face extremely dangerous working environments. Now, more than 100 years later, FELA continues to protect railroad workers and to provide the exclusive federal remedy for those who suffer on-the-job injuries. One of the important protections this law provides is allowing an injured railroad worker to sue his employer in any district across the country where the railroad is “doing business.”

That protection recently came under attack in a case where Halunen Law attorney Chris Moreland represented the widow of a BNSF railroad employee who suffered fatal injuries from exposure to toxic materials. The Montana Supreme Court ruled in favor of the employee, holding that although he did not live in Montana and had never worked for BNSF in that state, he could nevertheless sue the railroad in Montana. Moreland’s extensive experience with cases of this nature has brought him to the highest courts across the country. Chris’ proven path is indicative of his deep understanding of this enduring law and how to win cases at the appellate level.

Almost any on-the-job injury suffered by a railroad employee is protected under FELA. Whether you are injured on the job—including those whose primary duties are not performed in or around trains—are exposed to hazardous materials, or have other related issues, you have rights. If you’re considering filing a claim, working with an attorney who understands the history and complexity of FELA is essential.

Click here to see the Supreme Court opinion or here to download the PDF.

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