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Pennsylvania FELA Overview


Pennsylvania FELA Lawyers


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 Pennsylvania. We help people who have suffered a range of injuries at work, from head injuries to lost limbs and now, due to an “Of Counsel” relationship with two very fine attorneys, we will even accept cumulative and Repetitive trauma FELA claims. To speak to a FELA claims attorney that can help an Pennsylvania based FELA worker 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. A recent trend in FELA law is to prove that that the wear and tear that has occurred over years of work to various body parts of a railroad worker [depending upon their craft] should have been modified so that the work could have been performed in a less traumatic method to the human body. The railroads knew that these injuries, classified as cumulative or repetitive FELA injury claims, were occurring in their workforce but completely failed to correct the situation or, in most cases, even warn about them. These claims are compensable under FELA and Gordon, Elias & Seely, L.L.P. has gone to great lengths to position itself to help you receive just and fair compensation for these injuries.

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.

Of all the state in the United States, Pennsylvania has the largest number of active common rail carriers. The following is a list of all the railroads operating in Pennsylvania and covered under FELA:

Aliquippa and Ohio River Railroad (AOR), Allegheny Valley Railroad (AVR), Belvidere and Delaware River Railway (BDRV) operates lines owned by Belvidere and Lehigh River Railway, Brandywine Valley Railroad (BVRY), Buffalo and Pittsburgh Railroad (BPRR) Operates Allegheny and Eastern Railroad and Pittsburg and Shawmut Railroad, Canadian National Railway (CN) through subsidiary Bessemer and Lake Erie Railroad (BLE), Canadian Pacific Railway (CP) through subsidiary Delaware and Hudson Railway (DH), Central New York Railroad (CNYK), Chestnut Ridge Railroad (CHR), Conrail Shared Assets Operations, C&S Railroad (CSKR) operates lines owned by Carbon County Railroad Commission, CSX Transportation (CSXT) Operates MVC Transportation, Delaware–Lackawanna Railroad (DL) operates lines owned by Pennsylvania Northeast Regional Railroad Authority, East Erie Commercial Railroad (EEC), East Penn Railroad (ESPN) operates lines owned by Kutztown Transportation Authority, EASX Railroad (EASO), Everett Railroad (EV) operates lines owned by AP Green Industries and Morrison's Cove Railroad, Gettysburg and Northern Railroad (GET), Hollidaysburg and Roaring Spring Railroad (HRS), Juniata Valley Railroad (JVRR) operates lines owned by SEDA-COG Joint Rail Authority, Kasgro Rail Lines (KRL), Kiski Junction Railroad (KJR), Landisville Terminal and Transfer Company (LNVT) operates lines owned by Landisville Railroad, Lehigh Valley Rail Management (LVRB, LVRJ), Luzerne and Susquehanna Railway (LS) operates lines owned by Luzerne County Redevelopment Authority,Lycoming Valley Railroad (LVRR) operates lines owned by SEDA-COG Joint Rail Authority, Maryland Midland Railway (MMID), McKeesport Connecting Railroad (MKC), Middletown and Hummelstown Railroad (MIDH), Mount Union Connecting Railroad, NDC Railroad (NDCR), New Castle Industrial Railroad (NCIR), New Hope and Ivyland Railroad (NHRR) operates lines owned by Bucks County Railroad Preservation and Restoration Company, New York, Susquehanna and Western Railway (NYSW), Nittany and Bald Eagle Railroad (NBER) operates lines owned by SEDA-COG Joint Rail Authority, Norfolk Southern Railway (NS), North Shore Railroad (NSHR) operates lines owned by PPL Susquehanna LLC and SEDA-COG Joint Rail Authority, Oil Creek and Titusville Lines, Inc. (OCTL) operates lines owned by Oil Creek Railway Historical Society, Pennsylvania and Southern Railway (PSCC) operates lines owned by Franklin County General Authority, Pennsylvania Southwestern Railroad (PSWR), Philadelphia Belt Line Railroad (PBL) operated by Conrail, Pittsburgh, Allegheny and McKees Rocks Railroad (PAM), Pittsburgh and Ohio Central Railroad (POHC), Reading Blue Mountain and Northern Railroad (RBMN), R.J. Corman Railroad/Allentown Lines (RJCN), R.J. Corman Railroad/Pennsylvania Lines (RJCP), Shamokin Valley Railroad (SVRR) operates lines owned by SEDA-COG Joint Rail Authority, SMS Rail Service, Inc. (SLRS), Southwest Pennsylvania Railroad (SWP) operates lines owned by Fay-Penn Land Trust and Westmoreland Industrial Development Corporation, Steelton and Highspire Railroad (SH), Stourbridge Railway (SBR) operates Stourbridge Railroad (SBRR) and Strasburg Rail Road (SRC),Towanda–Monroeton Shippers Lifeline (TMSS) operates lines owned by Shaffer's Feed Service Inc., Turtle Creek Industrial Railroad (TCKR), Tyburn Railroad (TYBR), Union Railroad (URR), Union County Industrial Railroad (UCIR) operates lines owned by Union County Industrial Development Corporation, West Shore Railroad (WTSE), and Westmoreland Industrial Development Corporation, Upper Merion and Plymouth Railroad (UMP), Wellsboro and Corning Railroad (WCOR) operates lines owned by Growth Resources of Wellsboro Foundation, West Chester Railroad (WCRL), Western New York and Pennsylvania Railroad (WNYP), Wheeling and Lake Erie Railway (WE), York Railway (YRC) Operates Maryland and Pennsylvania Railroad and Yorkrail and Yungstown and Southeastern Railroad (YSRR)

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.

Freight railroads are classified by the Federal Rail Administration (FRA) based on annual operating revenues as follows:
Class I – annual revenues greater than $258.5 million;
Class II- annual revenues between $40 million and $258.5 million; and
Class III- annual revenues under $40 million.

There are an incredible amount of passenger railroad is Pennsylvania too. These railroads are deemed as passenger railroads in the state of Pennsylvania: Amtrak (AMTK), Duquesne Incline, East Broad Top Railroad and Coal Company, Fayette Central Railroad, Gettysburg Railroad, Johnstown Inclined Plane, Kiski Junction Railroad, Lehigh Gorge Scenic Railway, Middletown and Hummelstown Railroad, Monongahela Incline, New Hope and Ivyland Railroad, New Jersey Transit Rail Operations (Atlantic City Line), Oil Creek and Titusville Lines, Pioneer Lines Scenic Railway, Port Authority of Allegheny County (Pittsburgh), Port Authority Transit Corporation (Philadelphia), Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority, Strasburg Railroad, Tioga Central Railroad, Wanamaker, Kempton and Southern Railroad and West Chester Railroad.

Finally, Gordon, Elias & Seely, L.L.P. is pleased to have an “Of Counsel” relationship with FELA Attorney David Lockard who maintains his office in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. This allows Gordon, Elias & Seely, L.L.P. to serve you even better as claims handled in PA, will have local counsel that is a proven and excellent FELA attorney in his own right.


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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