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FELA Railroad Injury Lawyers in Houston

The Federal Employers Liability Act (FELA) offers crucial protections for railroad workers injured due to unsafe work environments, accidents, or employer negligence, allowing them to seek compensation for damages and suffering resulting from workplace hazards.

Railroad workers benefit from enhanced legal safeguards under FELA’s provisions.

At Burwell Nebout Trial Lawyers, we specialize as FELA railroad injury attorneys, delivering robust legal support to railroad employees injured while performing their duties, serving not just the Greater Houston area and Texas but also nationwide. Our adept legal team brings together over a century of collective experience in complex FELA railroad cases. Established in 1970, our firm is committed to advocating for the rights of injury victims and their families across Texas.

With the surge in railroad use during the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the industry saw an increase in accidents and injuries among its workers, necessitating legislative action. In response, Congress enacted FELA in 1908, providing a safety net for these workers.

For those who have endured injuries from rail yard incidents and other related accidents, our legal expertise is dedicated to securing the rightful compensation and remedies from employers as mandated by FELA.

Our nonunion legal team is here to assist railroad employees in holding their employers accountable for any negligence leading to unsafe working conditions.

We stand with you. Reach out to us at (281) 645-5000 or email our team to arrange a no-cost consultation with one of our FELA railroad injury attorneys.

FELA Protections for Railroad Workers

The Federal Employers Liability Act (FELA) grants railroad employees the right to a secure working environment. Railroads must provide adequate safety equipment and maintain tools for job performance. Failure in these duties can lead to liability for any resulting injuries.

Railroad workers injured due to employer negligence have the right to sue, contrasting with standard workers’ compensation processes. FELA claims often yield significantly higher compensation, covering lost wages, both present and future, medical bills, disability, disfigurement, and emotional distress.

Immediate Actions After a Workplace Injury

For railroad workers injured on the job, immediate actions can significantly affect the outcome of a FELA claim. It’s crucial to report the injury, document any negligence or hazards, take photos of injuries and the accident scene, gather witness information, seek medical attention, adhere to medical advice, keep all bills and reports, consult a FELA attorney, and refrain from giving statements or signing documents without legal advice.

Benefits of a Non-Union FELA Lawyer

After an injury, railroad claim agents may try to direct your actions, including medical care and legal representation. Consulting a qualified, non-union FELA attorney ensures representation that prioritizes your interests over the union or railroad company. These attorneys understand the legal complexities and are dedicated to securing the best outcome for you.

Plaintiffs and Defendants in FELA Cases

FELA allows injured railroad workers or their surviving family members to pursue greater compensation than workers’ compensation through court. Defendants in FELA cases can be any liable party, not just employers, including manufacturers of faulty equipment or other negligent workers.

Train Derailment and Rail Yard Injuries

Train derailments and rail yard environments pose significant risks to railroad workers. Injuries in these settings can lead to FELA claims if employer negligence is proven. FELA attorneys, with their specialized knowledge, can navigate the complexities of such cases to secure full compensation for injured workers.

The Importance of Legal Assistance

Navigating a FELA claim requires understanding and experience in railroad industry laws and practices. Consulting with a specialized railroad injury attorney is crucial, whether negotiating outside of court or pursuing litigation, to ensure full compensation for your injuries.

FELA Litigation and Claims

FELA litigation involves suing the employer or other at-fault parties in court, often necessitated by severe injuries and the railroad company’s resources. Making a successful FELA claim involves proving partial negligence by the employer, an investigation, and potentially a trial if a fair settlement isn’t offered.

Time Limits and Legal Support for FELA Claims

FELA claims must generally be filed within three years of the injury. Given the complexities and potential for substantial compensation, it’s vital to work with an experienced FELA lawyer. At Burwell Nebout Trial Lawyers, we’re committed to advocating for injured railroad workers, providing comprehensive legal support to navigate your claim successfully.

We stand ready to assist. Reach out to us at (281) 645-5000 or email our team to schedule a free consultation with one of our FELA railroad injury attorneys.

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Client Reviews


“I am a survivor of the March 23, 2005, BP explosion. Knowing my life had just been changed in an instant and not knowing what was to come was extremely unsettling. So when the time came to find legal representation, I chose Burwell Nebout personal injury attorneys from League City, Texas. Knowing they are from the Galveston County area made this an easy choice. Russ and Jimmy assured me they would do all things possible to help me and my family get through this most difficult time. Once again, I’d like to thank these men and their staff for their professional knowledge and guidance throughout those tough times. I know without a doubt I made the right choice.”

David Laymance
Santa Fe, Texas


“My company has faced disputes that require the litigation process to achieve resolution. I chose Russ and Jimmy to represent me not only for their ability to guide us through the process in a cost-efficient manner with the goal of resolution, but also with the comfort of knowing they have the skills and expertise to try the case.”

Will Watt
Friendswood, Texas


“Thank you for the excellent work performed by you and your staff in helping our company each step of the way in our pursuit of seeking reimbursement from BP due to our losses from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The presentation of the facts as well as the unknowns with each turn of the roller coaster has been greatly appreciated. I cannot thank you enough for the work you put into this nor credit you enough for the polish and professionalism in the way you did it.”

Doug Vingoe
Houston, Texas

Case Results

Automobile Accident

$19.2 million

Two clients killed as a result of a special defect in the shoulder of the roadway. A state court jury trial resulted in a $19.2 million verdict.

Premises Liability

$10 million

Children that attended school on a former toxic dump site made claims for exposure injuries. $10 million settlement.

Liberty County Record Verdict

Record-setting verdict

Two high school seniors were on their way home on a stretch of road that had been the subject of repeated complaints to the Texas Department of Transportation (TXDOT) about the poor condition of the shoulder. When the students entered a curve, the poor condition of the shoulder resulted in a crash that killed one and severely brain-damaged the other. A trial against the Texas Attorney General’s office resulted in the discovery of altered records, a spoliation instruction, and a record-setting jury verdict for Liberty County.

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