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Why Do You Need an Attorney for a FELA Claim?

You Need an Experienced FELA Attorney

  • Are you a railroad worker who has been injured at work?

You may think you don't need an attorney to help you file a claim under the Federal Employers' Liability Act (FELA). You may believe that you will get more compensation in less time without a lawyer. Unfortunately, that is hardly ever the case.

Railroad companies know what their responsibilities are likely to be in FELA claims. They have a vested interest in minimizing your financial recovery.

At Gordon, Elias & Seely, L.L.P. in Houston, Texas, we have been representing injured railroad workers nationwide in FELA claims since 1989. Our lawyers have more than 51 years of combined experience handling railroad worker injury claims. Contact us online or call us toll free at 800-773-6770 to schedule a free initial consultation.

Railroad Companies Try to Minimize or Deny FELA Claims

Railroad companies have extensive experience defending FELA claims. They customarily employ teams of well trained claim investigators, safety officers, private detectives, and law firms to minimize their liability in a railroad worker injury claims.

If you choose to work directly with the railroad company's claims agent, you will be pressured to accept a quick settlement by someone who has a vested interest in paying you as little as possible.

The claims agent will want you to believe that your best interests are being considered, but there's an inherent conflict of interest. The claims agent can't serve your best interests and the best interests of the railroad company at the same time.

Don't sacrifice full recovery for convenience. Our attorneys will work hard to advocate for your best interests — and to get you full and fair compensation for your losses.

Act Now, Not Later

Under FELA, you have three years from the date of your on-the-job injury to file a lawsuit. However, the longer you wait, the more difficult it may be to find witnesses to support your claim. The longer you wait, the easier it is for evidence to get lost. The longer you wait, the more pressured you may feel to accept whatever the company offers.

As soon as you hire us, we will begin to prepare your case for litigation — even though over 95% for FELA claims are ultimately resolved through negotiation or mediation. We will start to gather and protect the evidence to support your claim. We will move quickly to depose witnesses and get a permanent record of their testimony.

The railroad company won't waste time, either. Upon receiving notice of your injury, the company will immediately begin compiling evidence, including pictures, documents, witness statements, and other records. You need to hire an attorney as soon as possible to ensure that you are on equal footing with the railroad company.

Contact Us for a Free Consultation

If you are a rail worker and have been injured on the job, you need an attorney to handle your FELA claim. Contact Gordon & Elias L.L.P. now for a free initial consultation.

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