Federal Employee Liability Act (FELA) Claims

Unlike most state and federal employees, railroad employees are not covered by state workers compensation laws.  If they are injured on the job, they must bring a claim under the Federal Employers’ Liability Act (FELA).  Such claims can be extremely complex.  They differ greatly from state workers compensation claims and are governed by an entirely different set of laws and standards of proof.


Note that there is a three year statute of limitations for FELA claims against the railroad, meaning that the claim must be settled or a lawsuit must be brought within three years of the date of the injury.  If you fail to do so, you will be barred from bringing a claim for compensation.  This makes it imperative that you speak with a skilled attorney as soon as possible after a railroad injury.


If you or someone you love is a railroad worker who was injured or killed on the job we at Cooper Sevillano can assist you in bringing a claim for compensation including lost wages, medical expenses, and pain and suffering.   We have significant experience bringing successful FELA claims:


  • For example, our attorneys obtained an approximately $1.1 million dollar* settlement on behalf of a railroad engineer who, during the course of his employment, sustained a serious foot fracture requiring multiple surgeries.


  • Our attorneys also obtained a $1.2 million dollar* settlement for a Metro-North engineer who suffered a mild traumatic brain injury resulting in sensory deprivation and personality changes, as well as injuries to her neck and upper back after her train derailed.  Metro North admitted liability but disputed the nature and severity of the plaintiff’s injuries.  Although their final pre-trial settlement offer was $300,000, four days into trial they ultimately settled for four times that amount.


At Cooper Sevillano,we are first and foremost experienced trial attorneys.  We utilize state of the art technology to better tell your accident story in the courtroom.  We also retain the best trial experts who help us present your case in the most effective way to a jury. Our experienced trial attorneys are prepared to aggressively pursue your FELA claim.


Claims Handled on a Contingency Basis


Remember that all of our cases are handled on a contingency-fee basis which means we are only paid when we win a case and recover money for our clients.  If you or someone you love is a railroad worker who was injured or killed on the job, please don’t hesitate to call us for a free, no obligation, confidential consultation at  (203) 366-0660 or email us at info@coopersevillano.com

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