FELA & Designated Legal Counsel

FELA otherwise known as the Federal Employers Liability Act is a great tool and protection for an injured railroad worker.

FELA allows an injured railroad worker to be compensated due to "negligence" on the part of the Carrier. Injured railroad workers do not fall under state worker's compensation laws and as such, is vastly different. It is important to educate yourself on FELA and how it works and how it protects you.

All rail workers are automatically covered under FELA under Federal law as part of your employment relationship with a railroad Carrier.

Another term synonomous with FELA is Designated Legal Counsel. This group of attorneys specialize in handling injured railroad worker cases. These law firms must be approved by the BLET to be considered as Designated Legal Counsel. FELA attorneys can offer guidance, advice or representation to an injured employee. There are several Designated Legal Counsel firms around the country to assist you, and this Committee will not recommend one firm over another. It is left to the individual member to make a determination if and when a DLC firm should be used.

What is FELA? By clicking this link, you will be redirected to the National Division BLET website where it describes FELA in greater detail and explains why this federal law is so beneficial to a railroad employee.

Find Designated Legal Counsel - If you are need of an approved, DLC firm for advice or guidance,click the link to the left and you will be redirected to the National BLET website to find an approved DLC firm.

Personal Injury Checklist

If you are injured while on-duty keep the following list of items in mind. If you should ever have a question about an employee right or benefit, contact a DLC firm for guidance.