FELA imposes a duty on railroads to provide a reasonably safe work environment for their employees. FELA is a fault based statute where an injured employee can recover damages if they prove that their injuries were caused, in whole or in part, by the railroad’s, agent’s or contractor’s negligence or because of a faulty piece of equipment. Vaughan Baio & Partners has significant experience zealously defending railroads against FELA claims filed by their workers. We have found that an aggressive litigation strategy is the best defense to these matters. We focus a strong narrative in response to a FELA lawsuit; maintain constant communication with our Client; conduct a thorough investigation into the allegations; extensively prepare our witnesses; and engage in motion practice where it is advantageous to do so. Employing these tactics also delivers a clear message to the Plaintiffs’ bar that our Clients will not be easy targets.