Railroad Accident Attorneys

Railroad accident attorneys are personal injury lawyers who aggressively represent railroad employees when they are injured on the job.

While many occupations in the workforce are protected under individual state's workers' compensation laws, for railroaders, another body of law – known as the Federal Employers Liability Act (FELA) – applies, should these workers endure an injury while working.

Established in 1908 under President Harrison, FELA entitles injured railroad workers to higher compensation awards than traditional workers' compensation statutes due to the inherent dangers associated with working in the railroad industry.

Because FELA is complicated and regularly amended, however, it's crucial that injured railroaders meet with an experienced FELA railroad accident attorney (once their health is stable) to learn more about their legal rights and get expert advice regarding the best manner in which to pursue their case.

How FELA Works

Injured railroad workers will be entitled to settlements via FELA if:

  • They are injured while working
  • They can prove that the negligence or recklessness of an employer, associate or equipment manufacturer caused or contributed to the injury sustained

Types of injuries typically compensated under FELA include (but aren't limited to):

  • burns
  • disfigurement
  • dislocations or sprains
  • fractures
  • loss of limb
  • permanent disability
  • traumatic brain injury

In many cases, such railroad injuries occur following car collisions, falls, crushing incidents and/or heavy lifting accidents. So far in 2009, over 16,000 railroad injuries have been reported to the Federal Railroad Administration Office of Safety Analysis.

Consulting Railroad Attorneys

Following a railroad accident, it's vital that injured railroaders meet with a railroad injury lawyer experienced in FELA lawsuits to find out if they are entitled to a settlement for their injuries and losses. At Gordon & Elias, L.L.P., our experienced railroad accident attorneys provide free consultations in which injured railroad workers and their families can discuss their unique circumstances and get develop the best legal strategy.

By securing the aggressive, professional representation of qualified railroad accident lawyers, injured parties will benefit from:

  • Access to a network of experts who can verify their medical claims when official testimony is needed
  • Reliable representation in court, arbitration and/or mediation proceedings
  • Delayed payment for legal services, as FELA attorneys work on contingency to encourage injured railroad workers to seek the compensation they deserve

At Gordon & Elias, L.L.P., our railroad accident attorneys have helped injured railroad employees recover millions of dollars in compensation for a wide range of damages, including:

  • Past, unpaid hospital bills
  • Current and future medical treatments
  • Lost wages, lost earning capacity
  • Permanent disabilities and brain damage
  • Future living expenses (should permanent disability prevent them from earning a living)
  • Emotional pain and suffering

Have you or a loved one been injured while working in the railroad industry? If so, contact a railroad injury attorney today to talk to an experienced railroad attorney who can help get your life back on track. We handle cases, nationwide, and will come to you if your medical condition won’t allow you to travel.

Call 800-773-6770 to speak with a Gordon & Elias railroad attorney today.

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