Tens of millions of dollars have been paid by railroad companies to settle solvent lawsuits under FELA. Current or former railroad workers have claimed exposure to toxic solvents from the 1960s into the 1990s has caused mild to severe brain damage. CSX, the largest railroad in the eastern United States, has acknowledged settling 466 solvent exposure claims and paying up to $35 million, though the company has continued to deny a link between solvent exposure and brain damage. Medical experts estimate that thousands of workers may be suffering from toxic encephalopathy, but have been misdiagnosed due to the complexity of diagnosing the debilitating illness.
FELA is a combination of personal injury and workers’ compensation benefits for any employee of a Railroad. Unlike traditianal workers’ compensation statutes a railroad employee, if injured in the scope of employment, is able to recover personal injury benefits in addition to workers’ compensation benefits. So, an injured railroad employee can make a claim for pain and suffering and recover their lost wages and medical bills. If you or a loved one is a railroad employee who has been injured on the job or by a chemical exposure, call TCB Law today to have an experienced lawyer in your corner.