Workmen’s Compensation – Federal Employers’ Liability Act – Coverage Under 1939 Amendment

In 1956 the Supreme Court handed down two decisions interpreting the 1939 Amendment to the Federal Employers’ Liability Act which substantially extended the act’s coverage. The purpose of this short comment is to examine this extension and its impact on the perennial controversy between advocates of the FELA on the one hand and workmen’s compensation on the other.