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Railroad Accidents/FELA

The Lawyers You Need & Deserve

Birth Injury
$12.0 Million
A mother was given excessive Pitocin during labor which caused brain damage to her newborn child. Shortly after filing the lawsuit, the hospital and doctor offered $12 million to settle the case. This money will be used to take care of the child and give her as full a life as possible under the circumstances.
Birth Injury
$10.0 Million
A routine ultrasound taken just prior to her due date showed that the twins were in fetal distress and emergency procedures needed to be undertaken. The radiologist misread the ultrasound noting it was normal. One of the infants was stillborn at birth and the other infant suffered profound brain damage until the time of his death at the age of 7. The hospital and doctor settled the case for $10 million.
Injured Worker
$8.3 Million
Carpenter was installing panels at a local job site and fell from a hydraulic lift resulting in serious injuries.
Emergency Room Error
$8.0 Million
A woman was mistakenly given a death penalty drug when she was admitted to a hospital with a stomach ache. The drug, which is a paralytic agent, caused the woman to stop breathing. She went into cardiac arrest and although she was rescued by the emergency room doctor, she suffered brain damage.
$7.0 Million
A young girl was injured in a collision when her mother had to swerve in order to avoid a Pace Van. The mother of an 18-month-old who sustained a lacerated liver after a medical-transportation van allegedly cut off the mother’s minivan and caused it to crash has settled her lawsuit for $7 million.
Fall at Work
$3.75 Million
An apprentice plumber fell through the floor of Trump Tower landing on the concrete below. He sustained injuries to his back, shoulder, and ankle. He was able to return to work following the accident.
Auto Accident
$3.5 Million
Settlement obtained for a 52-year old woman who suffered a broken leg after a car accident. According to the radiologist at the hospital, he reported a blood clot that was in danger of moving to her lungs, but her reporting doctors claimed they never received the report.
Head Injury
$3.5 Million
In 2012, Trapp & Geller settled a case against the general contractor and others in the amount of $3.5 million for negligence in allowing a support beam to fall, striking a laborer's head. The laborer suffered herniated discs in the neck.
Wrongful Death
$2.5 Million
A truck driver was standing on a roadway waiting for assistance after his truck broke down. A passing truck struck him resulting in his death.
Rear-End Collision
$2.3 Million
A 26- year old woman, while waiting in the drive-through line at a fast-food restaurant, was struck from behind injuring her shoulder. The injury developed into a rare nerve disorder called reflex sympathetic dystrophy or complex regional pain syndrome.

Chicago Railroad Accidents/FELA Attorneys

Fighting for the Rights of Injured Railroad Workers Since 1987

Railroad workers are unique in that they are not covered by workers’ compensation law but rather a complex set of laws called the Federal Employers Liability Act, or FELA. If you work in the railroad industry and have suffered a workplace injury, it is important to consult with a FELA attorney who is experienced in handling such claims. Often times railroad companies deny these claims and attempt to limit any recovery, so it is critical to have a FELA lawyer on your side who will fight for you and your family.

At Trapp & Geller, our legal team has over three decades of experience standing up for the rights of injured railroad workers and their families. We understand the nuances of FELA and how to apply it to your case to ensure you receive fair and just compensation. Our Chicago railroad accident lawyers are here to help you investigate the accident, collect evidence, secure expert testimony, and calculate your accident-related expenses. Should the at fault party be unwilling to negotiate a fair settlement, we have no hesitation taking them to trial and fighting for your right to compensation in court.

Schedule your free consultation now by calling (312) 368-1444 or sending us a message using our secure online contact form. We speak English, Spanish, and Polish.

Are You Eligible For FELA Benefits?

Under FELA, injured railroad workers are entitled to reimbursement for medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other relevant damages. In order to be eligible for FELA benefits, the injured worker must be able to prove that the injury was sustained on the job and that it was caused at least in part by negligence by the employer, a fellow employee, or equipment manufacturer.

We have successfully litigated numerous FELA and other railroad accident cases, so you can turn to us for the legal advice and representation you need during this tough time.

Contact Our Chicago FELA Lawyers

At Trapp & Geller, our FELA attorneys represent injured railroad workers from Chicago, throughout Cook County, and across Illinois. When filing a claim, an insurance agent may attempt to contact the injured worker or their surviving family and offer a quick settlement that is worth far less than the true value of your claim. We can help you pursue fair and just compensation for your railroad accident injury.

Contact us online or by telephone at (312) 368-1444 to discuss your case with an experienced FELA law firm.

What Is FELA?

The Federal Employers Liability Act (FELA) allows those injured in the course of railroad work to bring a claim for compensation against the party who caused their injury. This must be done within three years of the accident. Cases may be heard in state or federal court.

FELA applies to any railroad worker, including:

  • Conductors
  • Contractors
  • Engineers
  • Inspectors
  • Law enforcement officers
  • Mechanics
  • And more

FELA claims allow injured workers to be fairly compensated for their accident-related expenses such as medical bills and lost wages. In the case of a fatality, a spouse, child, or other close relative or dependent may pursue death benefits in lieu of the decedent.

Common Types of Railroad Accidents

Examples of accidents that can result in FELA claims include:

  • Train collisions
  • Train derailments
  • Falls from cars and platforms
  • Fires and explosions
  • Exposure to toxic chemicals
  • Shifting or falling cargo
  • Lifting and back injuries
  • Improper switch maintenance
  • Slip and falls

Our Chicago FELA attorneys have won numerous cases for injured railroad workers regarding a broad range of accidents, so please do not hesitate to seek legal advice regardless of how or when you were injured. We will help you determine if you are eligible to pursue legal action and are prepared to fight for your right to compensation—even if it means taking the other party to court.

Why Choose Trapp & Geller?

We Win. We Guide. We Produce.
More than 25 Years of Experience

Trapp & Geller has a passion for protecting the rights of the injured. We have the skill, experience, and knowledge to provide you with the highest legal advocacy. We will not rest until you get the compensation you deserve.

Customized Legal Strategies

Each of our attorneys is in it to win your case as much of you are and take pride in getting the best possible result. With that, your dedicated attorney is always available and will even text you regarding your goals and case.

Responsive & Informative

Our attorneys work with you one-on-one and make sure that, at every step of the process, you are fully aware of your case. We are fighting for your rights and always make sure that we are doing what is best for you.

Over $400 Million Recovered

The attorneys at Trapp & Geller have the experience and knowledge to not only win, but to win BIG. When you entrust our team with your case, you can rest assured that we will fight for the maximum amount of compensation.

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