Connecticut FELA Lawyers

It’s impossible to separate the building of the railways from the building of America, beginning in the 1830’s when the first railroads were established

In their early years, the railroads and the settlers spread throughout the United States in tandem. The rails brought goods to the towns being built by the new settlers. And the settlers established new towns along the rail lines.

In Connecticut, to commemorate the Flagg Coal Company Number 75, the Railroad Museum of New England will host a celebration of this rebuilt steam locomotive. Flagg Coal Company Number 75 was built in 1930. It ran through the coalmines of Pennsylvania and rock quarries of New York until 1953 when it finished its service and was left to rust and dilapidation. Purchased by a father and son who moved the locomotive to their farm, it was restored to begin operation again as a traveling historic replica in the fall of 2001.

Passengers will:

  • Ride in restored 1920 coaches
  • Travel along the banks of the Naugatuck River
  • Cross through the Mattatuck Forest, seeing places inaccessible by automobile
  • Pass through the brick canyons of the giant brass mills of Waterville
  • Chug across the Thomaston Dam, high above the spillway and distant river below

Most steam locomotives stopped operating by 1948, giving way to the modern diesel engines that traveled the New Haven Railroad from Waterbury. This capped the finish of an important epoch in the country’s history.

FELA Developed to Protect Railroad Workers

The extension of the iron rails was matched by a steady increase in injuries and deaths among its workers. Railway workers were killed or injured in growing numbers reaching such epidemic proportions that in 1908 Congress was pressured by the railroad workers’ unions and the public to pass a set of laws to protect them.

Called FELA (Federal Employers’ Liability Act), the laws enabled railway workers and their families to sue and be compensated for injuries and deaths sustained on the job.

The dangers and hardships of building and working the railways caused grievous injuries among the workers. Injuries then and today that are due just compensation include:

  • Disfigurement
  • Dismemberment
  • Crushing injuries
  • Broken bones
  • Broken joints
  • Injuries dues to exposure to toxic materials and fumes
  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Pain and suffering
  • Lost wages, both present and future

Contact a Connecticut FELA Lawyer Now!

When you or your family seek to be paid for these and other injuries and even death, it is important to contact a Connecticut FELA attorney. Our FELA lawyers have the expertise and experience to deal with the complicated, specialized laws of rail workers’ compensation. We encourage you to contact us for a free consultation to discuss your case. You may reach us by calling (800) 773-6770 or by sending us an email and someone from our offices will return your call shortly.