Chicago Railroad Accidents/FELA Attorneys
Fighting for the Rights of Injured Railroad Workers Since 1987
Railroad workers are unique in that they are not covered by workers’ compensation law but rather a complex set of laws called the Federal Employers Liability Act, or FELA. If you work in the railroad industry and have suffered a workplace injury, it is important to consult with a FELA attorney who is experienced in handling such claims. Often times railroad companies deny these claims and attempt to limit any recovery, so it is critical to have a FELA lawyer on your side who will fight for you and your family.
At Trapp & Geller, our legal team has over three decades of experience standing up for the rights of injured railroad workers and their families. We understand the nuances of FELA and how to apply it to your case to ensure you receive fair and just compensation. Our Chicago railroad accident lawyers are here to help you investigate the accident, collect evidence, secure expert testimony, and calculate your accident-related expenses. Should the at fault party be unwilling to negotiate a fair settlement, we have no hesitation taking them to trial and fighting for your right to compensation in court.
Are You Eligible For FELA Benefits?
Under FELA, injured railroad workers are entitled to reimbursement for medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other relevant damages. In order to be eligible for FELA benefits, the injured worker must be able to prove that the injury was sustained on the job and that it was caused at least in part by negligence by the employer, a fellow employee, or equipment manufacturer.
We have successfully litigated numerous FELA and other railroad accident cases, so you can turn to us for the legal advice and representation you need during this tough time.
Contact Our Chicago FELA Lawyers
At Trapp & Geller, our FELA attorneys represent injured railroad workers from Chicago, throughout Cook County, and across Illinois. When filing a claim, an insurance agent may attempt to contact the injured worker or their surviving family and offer a quick settlement that is worth far less than the true value of your claim. We can help you pursue fair and just compensation for your railroad accident injury.
What Is FELA?
The Federal Employers Liability Act (FELA) allows those injured in the course of railroad work to bring a claim for compensation against the party who caused their injury. This must be done within three years of the accident. Cases may be heard in state or federal court.
FELA applies to any railroad worker, including:
- Law enforcement officers
- And more
FELA claims allow injured workers to be fairly compensated for their accident-related expenses such as medical bills and lost wages. In the case of a fatality, a spouse, child, or other close relative or dependent may pursue death benefits in lieu of the decedent.
Common Types of Railroad Accidents
Examples of accidents that can result in FELA claims include:
- Train collisions
- Train derailments
- Falls from cars and platforms
- Fires and explosions
- Exposure to toxic chemicals
- Shifting or falling cargo
- Lifting and back injuries
- Improper switch maintenance
- Slip and falls
Our Chicago FELA attorneys have won numerous cases for injured railroad workers regarding a broad range of accidents, so please do not hesitate to seek legal advice regardless of how or when you were injured. We will help you determine if you are eligible to pursue legal action and are prepared to fight for your right to compensation—even if it means taking the other party to court.
More than 25 Years of Experience
Trapp & Geller has a passion for protecting the rights of the injured. We have the skill, experience, and knowledge to provide you with the highest legal advocacy. We will not rest until you get the compensation you deserve.
Customized Legal Strategies
Each of our attorneys is in it to win your case as much of you are and take pride in getting the best possible result. With that, your dedicated attorney is always available and will even text you regarding your goals and case.
Responsive & Informative
Our attorneys work with you one-on-one and make sure that, at every step of the process, you are fully aware of your case. We are fighting for your rights and always make sure that we are doing what is best for you.
Over $400 Million Recovered
The attorneys at Trapp & Geller have the experience and knowledge to not only win, but to win BIG. When you entrust our team with your case, you can rest assured that we will fight for the maximum amount of compensation.