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Are you a railroad worker who has suffered an on-the-job injury? The Federal Employers' Liability Act (FELA) establishes the procedures for injured workers to recover compensation. Due to the complexities of these procedures, injured workers are best served by working with an attorney who understands the nuances of FELA - to seek maximum compensation on the injured's behalf.

The attorneys of Gordon, Elias & Seely, L.L.P. have more than 51 years of experience fighting for the rights of injured railroad workers throughout New York. We help people who have suffered a range of injuries at work, from head injuries to lost limbs. To speak to a New York FELA claims attorney in a free consultation, call us toll free at 800-773-6770 or contact us online.

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:

FELA was enacted to establish the authority of injured workers to recover compensation for a range of injuries caused by railroad employer negligence. It was very apparent to the government that railroad employees faced risks and dangers in this particular line of work. Congress addressed the problem of railroad worker injury claims by allowing them to file FELA claims for damages in either state or federal court.

FELA also makes it easier to prove the railroad's liability, reducing the burden of proof for ordinary negligence and, in some cases, actually waiving the need to prove negligence if the railroad violated a safety statute or regulation.

At Gordon, Elias & Seely, L.L.P., we can help you in every aspect of your FELA claim, from explaining the FELA claims process to explaining what compensation is available in regards to the type of injury sustained.

We limit our caseload so we can focus fully on providing great customer service. When you choose us to represent you in your railroad accident case, you will work directly with an attorney - not an associate or paralegal.

We know firsthand how dangerous the railroad industry is. Railroad workers face dangers and risks every day on the job. We are focused on helping people just like you recover after an accident. If you have been injured on the job, contact Gordon, Elias & Seely, L.L.P. for a free consultation about how we handle FELA claims.

The following is a list of all the railroads operating in New York and covered under FELA:
Albany Port Railroad (APD), Arcade and Attica Railroad (ARA), B&H Rail Corporation (BH), Batten Kill Railroad (BKRR), Buffalo and Pittsburgh Railroad (BPRR), Buffalo Southern Railroad (BSOR), Canadian National Railway (CN), Canadian Pacific Railway (CP) including subsidiary Delaware and Hudson Railway (DH), Central New York Railroad (CNYK), Clarendon and Pittsford Railroad (CLP), Conrail Shared Assets Operations operates Staten Island Rail, CSX Transportation (CSX), Depew, Lancaster and Western Railroad (DLWR), Falls Road Railroad (FRR), Finger Lakes Railway (FGLK), Genesee and Mohawk Valley Railroad operated by Depew, Lancaster and Western Railroad and Mohawk, Adirondack and Northern Railroad, Housatonic Railroad (HRRC), Livonia, Avon and Lakeville Railroad (LAL), Lowville and Beaver River Railroad (LBR), Massena Terminal Railroad (MSTR), Middletown and New Jersey Railroad (MNJ), Mohawk, Adirondack and Northern Railroad (MHWA), New York and Atlantic Railway (NYA), New York and Lake Erie Railroad (NYLE), New York New Jersey Rail, LLC (NYNJ), New York and Ogdensburg Railway (NYOG), New York, Susquehanna and Western Railway (NYSW), Norfolk Southern Railway (NS), Ontario Central Railroad (ONCT), Ontario Midland Railroad (OMID), Owego and Harford Railway (OHRY), Providence and Worcester Railroad (PW), Rochester and Southern Railroad (RSR), SMS Rail Lines of New York (SNY), Somerset Railroad (SOM), South Buffalo Railway (SB), Springfield Terminal Railway (ST) including subsidiary Pan Am Southern, Vermont Railway (VTR), Wellsboro and Corning Railroad (WCOR) and Western New York and Pennsylvania Railroad (WNYP). Finally, Amtrak (AMTK) operates as a passenger carrier.

The above railroads range from Class I through Class III railroads and some are very small short line railroad companies. Nevertheless, anyone injured while working for these railroads would have a FELA claim and should report their claim and seek legal advice.



51 Years of Combined Experience Representing Injured Railroad Workers

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:

  1. American Train Dispatchers Department Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers ATDA
  2. Brotherhood of Railway Signalmen BRS
  3. International Brotherhood of Boilermakers, Iron Ship Builders, Blacksmiths, Forgers and Helpers IBB
  4. International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers IBEW
  5. National Conference of Firemen and Oilers of SEIU IBF&O
  6. Sheet Metal Workers' International Association SMWIA
  7. Transportation Communication Union-Clerks TCU-BRAC
  8. Transportation Communication Union-Carman TCU-BRC
  9. 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.

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Mattaliano v. Metro-North Commuter Railroad Co.

Date Decided: Oct 14th, 2010
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Peters v. Metro-North Commuter Railroad Co.

Date Decided: Sep 28th, 2010
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