New Mexico FELA Lawyers
Albuquerque • Gallup • Clovis
If you have been injured while working for a railroad company, your ability to get compensation for your personal injuries will be governed by the Federal Employers' Liability Act, or FELA. Your employer will rely on the expertise of highly trained investigators and law firms to minimize your recovery. You need experienced attorneys 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 workers throughout New Mexico, including railroad employees from the Apache Indian Reservation. We prosecute 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 |
Congress enacted FELA in recognition of 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 our firm, we take only a small number of cases, because we want each client to receive our full attention and a high level of customer service. We won't hand your claim off to an associate or a paralegal, but will keep our finger on the pulse of every case. You will have our personal cell phone number, so that you can call us any time you need to talk.
At Gordon, Elias & Seely, L.L.P., we handle all aspects of your FELA claim. 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. We can also advise you regarding railroad retirement benefits and disability benefits.
Over our years working with injured railroad employees, we have seen the railroad industry become a safer place to work, due to advances in technology, as well as the impact of FELA.
Nonetheless, we know that the railroad industry is still a dangerous place to work. If you have been hurt working on a train and want experienced legal counsel help you get full and fair compensation for your injury, contact Gordon, Elias & Seely, L.L.P., for a free initial consultation.
51 years of Combined Experience Representing Injured Railroad Workers
Albuquerque • Gallup• Clovis • NM FELA Attorneys
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.