Railroads have played an important part in the continuing vitality of Illinois economy. Dozens of common freight carriers operate major Illinois railroads and employ thousands of workers.
Due to new safety standards and worker caution, railroad accidents are declining from the massive numbers seen historically. Railway workers, however, continue to suffer workplace injuries every year. The attorneys at GWC Injury Lawyers represent injured railroad workers throughout Illinois.
Since we began our practice in 1977, we have become Illinois largest personal injury law firm and we represent more union workers than any other firm. We also handle cases brought under the Federal Employers Liability Act, which impacts rail workers who are injured on the job.
Differences Between Workers Compensation and FELA
Illinois railroad workers are generally covered under the Federal Employers Liability Act (FELA), which is a different system than workers compensation. There are many differences between FELA and workers compensation benefit cases. FELA cases are generally held in state or federal court whereas workers compensation cases tend to be heard by administrative boards.
FELA benefits can also be greater than workers compensation benefits, but an injured railroad worker often has to show that the railroad company’s negligence contributed to their injury. Under Illinois workers compensation law, employees do not have to prove that their employers negligence contributed to their workplace injury.
Representing Injured Rail Workers in Illinois FELA Cases
The legal team at GWC Injury Lawyers has represented may railroad workers in FELA cases and third-party cases against non-employer entities. We work tirelessly to make sure we maximize our clients recovery. This is how we have been able to recover more than $2 billion in compensation for our clients.
Our workers compensation lawyers are known for our aggressive approach to litigation and our reputation for professionalism. We believe in every case we handle and will work to provide the most comprehensive legal services possible.