Arizona FELA Attorneys
Phoenix • Flagstaff • Tucson • Window Rock • Pinion • Show Low
If you are a railroad employee and have been injured on the job, the Federal Employers' Liability Act (FELA) governs your right to recover compensation for your losses. The FELA claims process can be complex and confusing. Your employer will employ experienced investigators and law firms in an effort to minimize your recovery. You need experienced lawyers to protect your interests.
At the law firm of Gordon, Elias & Seely, L.L.P., we have over 51 years of combined experience representing railroad employees across Arizona and the United States, including workers at the Navajo Indian Reservation. We handle FELA claims for individuals who have suffered all types of railroad injuries, including head, back, neck, knee and shoulder injuries. Contact us to schedule a free initial consultation.
Gordon, Elias & Seely, L.L.P. also represents FELA claimants for repetitive or cumulative trauma claims. For an in-depth discussion of the different types of cumulative claims please visit:
|Our firm also represents the Navajo Nation|
FELA was implemented in response to the dangers inherent with employment in the railroad industry. FELA establishes the legal authority for railroad workers to recover compensation for injuries suffered due to the negligence (in whole or in part) of a railroad carrier, its agents, servants or employees. Under FELA, if you have been injured on the job as a railroad worker, you can file suit to recover damages in state or federal court.
FELA also makes it easier to show liability, reducing the burden of proof in ordinary negligence situations, and waiving the need to prove negligence where the railroad violated a safety statute or regulation.
At Gordon, Elias & Seely, L.L.P., we advise you on all FELA matters, including railroad retirement benefits and disability benefits. We have a comprehensive understanding of the FELA claims process. Because of our extensive experience, we know what you can expect to recover for damages.
At our firm, we keep our finger on the pulse of every case. Our attorneys take only a small number of cases, so that we can give each client our full attention and provide a high level of customer service. We will give you a personal cell phone number, so that you can call us any time you need to talk.
Even though the railroad business has become safer, due in part to FELA and to improvements in technology, it continues to be a dangerous place to work. If you have had an accident working on a train and want experienced legal counsel to guide you through the process, contact Gordon, Elias & Seely, L.L.P., for a free initial consultation.
51 years of Combined Experience Representing Injured Railroad Workers
Phoenix • Flagstaff • Tucson • Window Rock • Pinion • Show Low • AZ
Designated Legal Counsel (DLC) and non-DLC FELA Lawyers Practice the Same FELA Law
In most instances, the injured railworker is a member of a union. Unions such as the Brotherhood of Maintenance of Way (BMWE), the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers (BLE), both of which are under the Brotherhood of International Teamsters (BIT), have large numbers of workers in the rail industry. Other Unions include:
- American Train Dispatchers Department Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers ATDA
- Brotherhood of Railway Signalmen BRS
- International Brotherhood of Boilermakers, Iron Ship Builders, Blacksmiths, Forgers and Helpers IBB
- International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers IBEW
- National Conference of Firemen and Oilers of SEIU IBF&O
- Sheet Metal Workers' International Association SMWIA
- Transportation Communication Union-Clerks TCU-BRAC
- Transportation Communication Union-Carman TCU-BRC
- United Transportation Union UTU
Whatever your Union, more than likely they will have a designated union counsel. These DLC firms practice FELA law. There are many other law firms that do not have Union designation and they also practice FELA law. In every instance when you are injured, a claims agent will try to immediately take a statement from you. You should definitely speak to a FELA Lawyer, DLC or Non-DLC, before you give a statement to a claims agent. As to choosing a DLC or a non-DLC, you should choose the lawyer that you feel comfortable with and you should not be "pushed" to hire any lawyer. A FELA Lawyer can help you pursue a claim for railroad workers' compensation, i.e., FELA, if you have been injured.