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Can you pick your own workers' compensation doctor in Illinois?

The rules surrounding your benefits and entitlements following a workplace injury can vary drastically from state to state. In particular, workers in one state may enjoy more freedom to choose their own medical providers than those living elsewhere.

Injured railroad workers have 3 years to file a claim

In 1908, the Federal Employers' Liability Act (FELA) was enacted to offer some protections for injured railroad workers. It addressed the lack of appropriate safety standards in the industry. Those lax standards led to many workers dying or suffering from injuries.

Could nurses' patients wind up killing them?

When you consider the on-the-job hazards that most nurses typically face, one usually lists things like needle sticks, exposure to contagious diseases and back injuries from moving heavy patients in and out of bed. Few people think that the nurses' own patients could snap and attack them -- possibly even killing them.

If your employer violates the FELA, you could have a claim

The Federal Employers' Liability Act, or FELA, is a federal law that was designed to protect, and potentially compensate, railroad workers who have been injured on the job.  FELA was enacted in 1908, in response to the catastrophic injuries and needless deaths due to the unsafe working conditions on the railroad.

FELA claims are complex, differ from workers' comp

As an Amtrak on-board services employee, you are used to having to deal with cranky passengers. In fact, it seems like you made a dozen trips to the sleeper for one traveling family, making sure they had everything they could possibly need during the trip.

What happens after you get burned at work?

A burn that occurs at work can wind up impacting an employee in many different ways. Minor burns need first aid and typically heal with no lingering effects other than perhaps a scar on the skin surface. They do not typically interfere with an employee returning to work in short order.

What are your rights under FELA

The Federal Employers' Liability Act Federal Employers Liability Act (FELA) provides compensation and protection for injured railroad workers who are hurt or killed on the job. This federal statute, which applies to all railroaders, imposes certain duties and responsibilities on the railroad, such as:

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