Railroad Union Workers’ Compensation Lawyers

Chicago Trial Lawyer Louis C. Cairo

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 one of Illinois’ largest personal injury law firms, 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 distinct system from workers’ compensation. There are many differences between FELA and workers’ compensation benefit cases. For example, 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 his or her injury. Under Illinois workers’ compensation law, employees do not have to prove that their employer’s negligence contributed to their workplace injury.

Representing Injured Rail Workers in Illinois FELA Cases

The legal team at GWC Injury Lawyers has represented many railroad workers in FELA 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 obtain more than $2 billion in compensation for our clients.

Our workers’ compensation lawyers are known for their aggressive approach to litigation and reputation for professionalism. We believe in every case we handle and will work to provide the most comprehensive legal services possible.

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With a proven track record of success and more than $2 BILLION in courtroom victories and negotiated settlements for our clients, we have grown into one of the largest personal injury and workers’ compensation law firms in the entire state.


Settlement – A sheet metal worker suffered significant injuries and was eventually placed on permanent sedentary work restrictions.

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