League City FELA Railroad Accident Attorneys

FELA protections allow railroad workers who are injured due to unsafe working conditions, accidents, or negligence on the part of their employers to claim compensation for damages and pain and suffering caused by these hazards in the workplace.

Railroad employees enjoy added legal protections under the provisions of the Federal Employers Liability Act (FELA).

At Burwell Nebout Trial Lawyers, we have substantial experience as railroad accident trial lawyers. We provide solid representation for railroad workers injured in the course of their duties anywhere in the Greater Houston area, the state of Texas and Nationwide. Our high-caliber legal team has over 100 years of combined experience handling complex FELA railroad cases, and our firm has been serving injury victims and families in Texas since 1970.

During the late 1890s and early 1900s, railroad use became more prevalent. The railroad industry was already a very dangerous enterprise for the employees, and railroad workers were frequently injured on the job. Not surprisingly, the numbers of railroad accidents and injuries grew as railroad use increased. Because of this, Congress saw the need for new legislation that would protect these workers, and it passed the Federal Employers Liability Act (FELA) in 1908.

For workers who have suffered injuries due to these and similar incidents, including rail yard accidents, we can provide the legal representation necessary to obtain fair compensation rights and remedies from employers under the provisions of FELA protection.

Enlisting the help of our nonunion legal team can help railway railroad employees hold employers accountable for unsafe working conditions.

We’re on your side. Contact us at (281) 645-5000 or email our team to schedule a free consultation with one of our attorneys.

Who Are the Plaintiffs in FELA Cases?

FELA offers injured railroad workers the possibility of receiving much more than they could obtain from workers’ compensation. Under FELA, injured railroad workers are entitled to hire FELA attorneys and take their employers to court for monetary compensation for their injuries, and this is something that they are denied under workers’ compensation.

In some cases, injured railroad workers succumb to their injuries. This does not mean that the possibility of a FELA lawsuit dies along with the worker. The injured worker’s survivors are also entitled to hire a railroad injury attorney and initiate an FELA lawsuit.

Who Are the Defendants?

FELA lawyers can file FELA railroad accident lawsuits against anyone who may be liable for a person’s injuries in a railroad accident. This means that the defendant does not necessarily have to be the employer. If the railroad, the manufacturer of a part that malfunctioned or another railroad worker can be proven to be responsible for the accident in any way, then FELA attorneys may name them as defendants in a lawsuit.

Damages for Injured Workers

In the event that injured railroad workers can prove that the defendants were negligent and, therefore, responsible for the workers’ injuries, they will be awarded a sum of money for their injuries. The amount may include monetary compensation for the following:

  • Medical expenses
  • Rehabilitation
  • Wages that were lost in the past or will be lost in the future
  • Pain and suffering
  • Mental anguish

Damages for the Injured Railroad Worker’s Family

If the lawsuit is brought by the railroad worker’s family, the survivors can receive the same type of award as was described above. However, FELA attorneys have also been known to ask for compensation for the contributions that deceased railroad workers would have made to their families. This includes the salary these workers would have earned and the love and support that they would have given to their children had they lived.

The Benefit of Hiring a Railroad Injury Attorney

If you were a victim in a railroad accident or had a loved one die as a railroad worker, it is imperative that you contact a railroad injury attorney rather than a personal injury lawyer. FELA attorneys are extremely knowledgeable in the railroad industry and the laws that govern it. When FELA attorneys arrive in court, they are prepared to demonstrate that the defendants were negligent in some way for the accident and that the railroad accident is what caused the railroad worker’s injuries.

Sometimes, people refrain from hiring FELA lawyers because they are wary of filing a lawsuit against their employer and going to court. If this is the case for you, contact a railroad injury attorney anyway. In some cases, FELA attorneys can avoid taking the matter to court. Instead, they negotiate with the other side outside of the courtroom to obtain a settlement. Defendants in these cases can be very amenable to this idea because they prefer not to have personal matters become public.

We’re on your side. Contact us at (281) 645-5000 or email our team to schedule a free consultation with one of our attorneys.

More Fela Railroad Accidents Information

We’re on your side. Contact us at (281) 645-5000 or email our team to schedule a free consultation with one of our attorneys.

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Featured Case

FELA/Worker Injury

A 15-year machinist for Union Pacific Railroad was injured when a locomotive coupled into his blue flagged locomotive in the diesel shop at Union Pacific’s Houston facility. Although the machinist failed to engage the shop derails and acknowledge the track alarm, the contention was that Union Pacific employee took one minute and forty-four second water break during a walk around prior to the coupling.

During this water break, the machinist blue flagged his locomotive and began working. Burwell Nebout filed suit against Union Pacific Railroad in Harris County. After a two-week trial in the 157th District Court in Harris County, the jury awarded the machinist $566,105. The jury determined that Union Pacific Railroad violated the federal regulation that absolutely prohibits coupling into a blue flagged locomotive.