Railroad Injury Lawyer, O’Fallon, IL FELA
Railroad Accident Lawyer in O’Fallon, IL
At the law firm of Kujawski & Associates LLC, we have a national reputation for our work on Federal Employers Liability Act (FELA) cases.
Our results include a record-breaking $8.625 million settlement in 1999, a $10 million verdict in 2010 and our success on behalf of locomotive engineer Bob McBride in the landmark U.S. Supreme Court case of CSX Transportation v. McBride.
Nationally Renowned For Our Success In FELA Cases
As a niche area of law, FELA cases demand exacting advocacy. You should never entrust your rights and recovery to an attorney who is inexperienced or unfamiliar with this field.
This outstanding track record of results demonstrates our dedication, preparation and professionalism.
Protecting The Rights Of Injured Railroad Workers And Families
Our Illinois-based FELA attorneys help clients nationwide obtain the compensation they need and deserve. Our firm is led by attorney John Kujawski, who has been named designated legal counsel by several railroad worker unions, including:
- National Conference of Firemen and Oilers
- International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers
- American Train Dispatchers Association
- S.M.A.R.T. — International Association of Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transportation Workers
- International Brotherhood of Boilermakers, Iron Ship Builders, Blacksmiths, Forgers and Helpers
- Charter and founding member of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen Designated Legal Counsel
- Operating Engineers, Local 520
We help injured railroad employees seek compensation for their medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other damages. We also represent the families of railroad workers who have died on the job and clients who have been harassed for pursuing injury and safety issues.
We Understand Railroad Injury Cases and the Laws Surrounding Them
Our legal team is intimately familiar with the railroad industry and the federal laws that govern it. Both of our principal attorneys grew up in working-class families. We have valuable insight into the challenges railroad workers face, which helps us build strong cases and compelling arguments in railroad worker injury cases and railroad cases in general.
You can count on us as experienced FELA lawyers for knowledgeable guidance on such questions as:
What is FELA?
FELA is the acronym for the Federal Employers Liability Act (FELA) of 1908 — a federal statute that makes it easier for federal employees to sue their employer railroad if they are injured, sickened or die as a result of their employment and negligence on the part of their employer. This aids in recovering injury claims so the injured parties can get the medical treatment and compensation they are entitled to.
How does FELA compare to workers’ compensation?
Workman’s compensation is a claim that is filed through the employer’s insurance company. FELA, which stands for the Federal Employer’s Liability Act refers to a law which allows railroad workers to file a lawsuit in either the state or federal court if they are injured as a result of working for a railroad. FELA also entitles them to a trial by jury and an opportunity to pursue a favorable jury verdict.
What kind of damages can you get from a FELA claim in Illinois?
Through FELA, injured railroad employees can seek full compensation for their medical expenses, lost income, pain and suffering, and other losses. Plaintiffs in FELA cases can seek: economic damages, non-economic damages, punitive damages, and wrongful death damages.
What if you lost a loved one in a railroad accident?
Losing a loved one is devastating. The good news is that if you lost a loved one in a railroad accident, FELA does provide recourse. Hiring an attorney who is experienced with FELA law is crucial. You must spend this time recovering from this loss, healing and finding new ways to go on with life. A FELA attorney can handle the rest including: looking out for you and your family’s financial well being, compensation for elements of life that you might not even be aware of at this time, and getting you back on the road to recovery.
Are illnesses caused by railroad companies covered?
Railroad work is hard on the human body. Railroad workers endure careers of wear and tear on their bodies due to working in close quarters with large pieces of dangerous machinery, noxious chemicals, poor ventilation and hazardous breathing conditions.
Railroad related illnesses are often not as obvious as a slip and fall, a crushing injury or a death.
Exposure to the dangerous conditions of railroad work can lead to these diseases that we unfortunately see fairly often: Mesothelioma and cancers, damage to lungs, brain injuries and conditions, problems related to the digestive system, various cognitive and emotional disorders, toxic responses to chemicals and toxins, nervous disorders, injuries to limbs such as breaks or amputations.
Even work on trains or in the train yards often lead to repeated wear injuries and injuries related to slip and fall or stress issues due to uneven, dangerous footing.
Are off-railroad-property injuries covered?
FELA laws and legal precedents allow for injuries that happen as a result of working for the railroads even if those injuries, deaths or illnesses happen off railroad company property. A skilled FELA lawyer can listen to the details of your case and tell you if the railroad might be found responsible for the injuries you sustained.
Historic FELA cases are sometimes cited as precedent involving railroad workers who as a result of following railroad directions were hurt or killed even if off railroad property… and even if not actively “working” in a typical capacity.
What is the statute of limitations?
FELA is governed under a statute of limitations allowing an injured railroad worker or the family or other representative of the state three years to file a FELA claim.
In any legal proceeding it is almost always best to state your case and to begin gathering your supporting documentation earlier rather than later. Consult with an experienced FELA attorney to learn how to get started now.
What About FELA Attorney Fees?
Proudly Serving Clients Nationwide
If you have been injured on the job or have lost a loved one in a railroad accident, or if you have been harassed for advocating for railroad safety, contact us at 800-624-4571 or email our firm for a free consultation.
We’re FELA attorneys in O’Fallon, Illinois. Our lawyers handle these cases across the country. You will owe nothing in attorney fees unless you get compensation.
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At Kujawski & Associates, our O'Fallon work accident and injury attorneys are committed to helping injured workers in the St. Louis metropolitan area get maximum compensation for their injuries.