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Is the Wisconsin State Supreme Court Going to Allow a Railroad Lawsuit to Proceed?

In a heart-stopping 2009 collision, a young Wisconsin mother’s van became stuck on railroad tracks between crossing gates right before a popular Memorial Day parade began. A local police officer freed the woman and returned to the vehicle with her husband to save their 2-year-old child, who was strapped into the van’s backseat. While the Read More

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FELA Claim: File It or Forget It – Waiting Might Mean Waiver

A West Virginia court recently dealt a devastating blow to a railroad worker who devoted 30 years of his life to East Coast railway giant CSX Transportation. The man had suffered severe back pain beginning in the 1980s, which he and his doctors demonstrated was caused by the countless hours the man spent on CSX Read More

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How Will the Government Shutdown Affect U.S. Rail System?

The federal government shutdown has opened up a Pandora’s box of fear, anger, and suspicion across the nation, with no end in sight for the finger-pointing and fault-finding that has accompanied it. One thing is certain. The shutdown is inconveniencing Americans in a number of unexpected and frustrating ways. While Minnesotans recently weathered their own Read More

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What is My Claim Worth?

Compensation claims made under the Federal Employers’ Liability Act (FELA) generally generate significantly higher payouts than claims made under state workers’ compensation. In one case in Nebraska, a maintenance crew member received nearly $2.8 million for injuries suffered while replacing railroad ties. Kendall Walsh, 36, sustained a serious and permanent injury to his right arm Read More

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Do I Have a FELA Claim?

William Grammar worked for Illinois Central Railroad for nearly 40 years until he was diagnosed with kidney cancer in 2011. Mr. Grammar believes that his kidney cancer was caused by long-term workplace exposure to harmful chemicals and fumes — including asbestos, diesel exhaust and pesticides — without proper respiratory equipment. He is now suing his Read More

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How FELA is Different from Workers’ Compensation

The Federal Employers’ Liability Act (FELA) provides compensation for railroad employees — or their dependents — who are injured as a result of employer negligence. Statistics from the Federal Railroad Administration’s Office of Safety Analysis show that, across the United States, a total of 3,885 accidents occurred to railroad employees on duty during 2012, of Read More

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Federal Whistleblower Laws for Employee Protections

APR 5, 2017

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