Federal Employers’ Liability Act (FELA)

Representing the Victims of Railroad Accidents in Illinois

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.

What is the Federal Employers Liability Act (FELA)?

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.

FELA Payouts Are Not Automatic

Railroads and other entities have financial incentive to fight your claim and avoid providing you with the financial resources you need to recover. It is important to have a knowledgeable attorney looking out for your interests and navigating the legal process.

Don’t Fight Alone

You don’t have to pursue your rights under the FELA alone. Our attorneys can handle the insurance companies and navigate the legal process while you focus on getting better. We handle these cases on a contingency-feebasis and initial consultations are always free. Contact us today to speak to an attorney. We proudly serve injured workers throughout Metro East, southern and central Illinois.

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Set Up A Free Consultation At Your Convenience

For your added comfort and convenience, we deliver our quality advocacy strictly on a contingency-fee basis, and initial consultations are always free. Union and military members receive discounts on attorney fees. Do you have questions about how the benefits system in Southern Illinois works after a workplace accident or injury? Contact the Madison County workers’ compensation lawyers of Galanti, Patti, & Winterscheidt, P.C., via email or by calling  618-258-0420 to see how we can assist you. We proudly serve injured workers throughout Metro East, southern and central Illinois.


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We help injured workers protect their rights. Call us at 618-258-0420. Your email message receives our prompt attention. We offer discounts on our contingency fees to union members and military veterans.