We Provide Dedicated FELA Representation
Dedicated FELA Attorneys
Are you a railroad employee? If you have been injured on the job, you need lawyers who are knowledgeable in the provisions of the Federal Employers'' Liability Act (FELA) that governs your right to recovery.
The Federal Employers'' Liability Act:
Without a lawyer it will be almost impossible to win any monetary recourse. The railroad will employ all the resources they have available in order to succeed in paying you nothing or next to nothing. However, once you decide to find a qualified lawyer, the next question is: Which lawyer shall I hire?
The lawyers at Gordon, Elias & Seely, L.L.P., in Houston, Texas, have more than 51 years of combined experience in representing injured railroad workers. The main focus of our practice is to help people who have FELA personal injury claims. In addition we have provided a FAQ page on Railroad Retirement Board benefits. Though we do not represent people in front of the RRB, we hope that this page is helpful to you.
Gordon, Elias & Seely, L.L.P. is proud to have assisted a played a major integral role in working with the fine railroaders involved with Yardlimits.com in the creation of the Fallen Brother Fund. This fund donates money to qualified beneficiaries of railroad employees who die from illness or injury in the line of duty. Please click the link not only to read more about the Fallen Brother Fund, but also to donate money. At Gordon, Elias & Seely, L.L.P. we donate to the Fallen Brother Fund .05% of all received attorneys fees on all our FELA cases.
For Railroad Workers Who Have Been Injured on the Job
To schedule a free initial consultation either Contact us online to schedule a free initial consultation, or call us toll free at 800-773-6770. We offer:
In addition, Gordon, Elias & Seely, L.L.P. also represents FELA claimants for repetitive injury or cumulative trauma claims. For a comprehensive discussion of the different types of cumulative claims please visit:
Gordon, Elias & Seely handles FELA cases with a Nationwide network of attorneys.
Currently, the lawyers of Gordon, Elias & Seely, our licensed in Texas, Louisiana and Washington, D. C. Additionally, our co-counsel relationships expand our actual licensure to Montana, Minnesota, Illinois, Pennsylvania, New York and California. Finally, if your case must be filed in a state wherein Gordon, Elias & Seely, L.L.P. and/or its "Of Counsel" relationships do not provide licensure, because FELA is governed by federal law, it is possible that we can utilize a "Local counsel" relationship. If a "local counsel" relationship is utilized, we can either refer the case to them entirely and remain "jointly responsible" as required or we can come into the case under a Motion Pro Hac Vice [Latin meaning "for the case"] and work the case. In both instances, you get two firms for the same contingency price as one.
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Learn About Your Rights Under FELA
In recognition of the dangers involved with working in the railroad industry, the US Congress enacted FELA in 1908. The Federal Employers Liability Act is the legal authority for injured railroad workers to recover money for injuries suffered due to the negligence (in whole or in part) of a railroad carrier, any of its agents, servants, and/or employees.
If you are injured while working for a railroad, the Federal Employers Liability Act allows you to file suit to recover damages either in state or federal court. This ability to choose whether to file in a state court or a federal court is a very important FELA provision allowing us to select the best forum for your particular claim. Besides railroad workers, only injured seamen have this option.
The FELA provisions also makes it much easier for us to prove liability than in ordinary accident cases such as auto accidents. If the railroad violated a safety statute or regulation, FELA reduces the burden of proof for ordinary negligence and, in some cases, actually does away with the need to prove negligence.
Unlike people who get hurt on the job but don''t work for railroads, FELA allows you to file a claim based on negligence instead of having to resort to a workers'' compensation claim.
Why Choose Gordon, Elias & Seely, L.L.P.
At Gordon, Elias & Seely, L.L.P.,* we limit our caseload in order to give each client our full attention. Your claim will be handled by a Gordon, Elias & Seely, L.L.P. partner when you hire us. We will not totally assign your case to a young associate. We will even provide you with a personal cell phone number for your attorney, so you can call them any time you need to talk.
Fortunately, during the years we have worked in this field, the railroad industry has become a safer place in which to work, not only through advances in technology, but also due to the impact of successful claims against the railroad industry under FELA.
However, railroads still remain a dangerous place to work. If you have been injured in a train accident and want experienced legal counsel to protect your interests, we invite you to contact Gordon, Elias & Seely, L.L.P. for a free initial consultation.
We Have Forty Years of Combined Experience Representing Injured Railroad Workers