What is the Federal Employers' Liability Act, or FELA?

The Federal Employers' Liability act (FELA) is a federal law that protects and applies to railroad workers hurt on the job, working in interstate commerce. It is the exclusive remedy for railroad workers who are hurt on the job as far as claims against their own railroad employer. FELA covers accidents, diseases, and illnesses arising from the railroad workplace, or occurring at places or at times that are part of the worker’s job.

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