What exactly is the FELA? | Shapiro, Washburn & Sharp

The Federal Employers Liability Act, which usually gets shortened to FELA, is the federal law that protects and applies to railroad workers who get hurt on the job or who develop occupational illnesses while working around hazardous materials like asbestos, diesel fumes and toxic chemicals. It is the exclusive remedy for railroad workers who are injured, get killed or fall ill on the job, as state workers; compensation laws do not cover railroad employees. 

FELA covers accidents and diseases arising from the railroad workplace, or occurring at places or at times that are part of the worker’s job.