Oregon FELA Attorneys
Portland • Salem • Eugene • Gresham • Hillsboro
The Federal Employers' Liability Act (FELA) establishes the procedures by which injured railroad workers can seek compensation. If you are a railroad worker who has been injured on the job, you need a lawyer who understands the complicated FELA claims process.
At Gordon, Elias & Seely, L.L.P., we provide dedicated representation to injured railroad workers throughout Oregon. If you have been injured, we can help you seek maximum compensation for your railroad injuries. Call toll free at 800-773-6770 or contact our law firm online to schedule a free 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:
After recognizing the dangers associated with employment in the railroad industry, congress passed FELA in 1908. Congress addressed the problem of railroad workers' injury claims by allowing them to file FELA claims for damages in either 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 understand every aspects of FELA claims:
- Explaining the FELA claims process
- Assess what you can expect to recover for damages
- Explain railroad retirement benefits
- Explain disability benefits
When you choose our firm to represent you, you will work directly with one of our attorneys — not an associate or paralegal. We always strive to be accessible whenever you need us. You will have your attorney's personal cell phone number, so you can call us any time to find out about the status of your case.
Although improvements have been made to increase the safety of jobs in the railroad industry, workers still face risks every working day. Call toll free at 800-773-6770 or contact us online for a free consultation about how we handle FELA claims.
51 years of Combined Experience Representing Injured Railroad Workers
Beaverton • Bend • Medford • Springfield • Corvallis
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.