At Galanti, Patti, & Winterscheidt, P.C. in East Alton, we are strong advocates for injured railroad workers and their families in Madison County and throughout Illinois. You can count on our firm to provide you with the compassionate counsel and fierce representation you need in the aftermath of a catastrophic injury or tragic loss of life.
FELA is far from a new law; it was enacted in 1908 as a reaction to the increase in railroad worker injuries during the explosion of railroad usage throughout the United States. President Benjamin Harrison summed up the need for FELA:
“It is a reproach toour civilization that any class of American workmen, should in the pursuit of a necessary and useful vocation, be subjected to a peril of life and limb as great as that of a soldier in a time of war.”
We couldn’t agree more.
FELA provides benefits and financial compensation to railroad workers who are injured on-the-job as a result of negligence. This includes compensation for pain and suffering in addition to medical expenses and lost wages. In the event of a death, FELA can award financial compensation to surviving family members.