Railroad Accidents & FELA Injuries

Train-related injury claims — arising from auto accidents at dangerous railroad crossings as well as on-the-job accidents that befall railroad workers — are familiar territory for attorneys at our firm. In fact, it is safe to say that relatively few lawyers nationwide have taken more railroad cases through trial than Jon G. Carlson, who brings more than 40 years of experience to our work on behalf of the injured.

In 2010, our personal injury attorneys Jon Carlson, Eric Carlson and Honorable Nicholas Byron succeeded in proving to a Madison County jury that the Union Pacific Railroad was liable for negligence in a tragic crossing accident that killed one man and caused our client permanent, life-altering brain injury. The result was a $2.5 million verdict reduced by half for contributory negligence.

Madison County Workplace Injury Attorneys With In-Depth FELA Knowledge

Our Edwardsville and St. Louis railroad accident lawyers are also proven advocates for injured railroad workers' rights to compensation under the Federal Employers' Liability Act (FELA), having earned verdicts including:

  • $1 million for a railroad worker injured when a defective railroad tie collapsed while he was attempting to repair a gondola car
  • $704,000 and $650,000 in two separate cases of railroad workers who suffered herniated discs due to workplace safety issues

A Serious, Informed Approach to Train Accidents and Railroad Worker Injuries

Causation and liability for railroad accidents — whether involving car-train collisions at poorly maintained, low-visibility rural crossings or injuries to railroad workers — can be extremely challenging to untangle. In addition to decades of experience in litigation against powerful corporations, our legal team has access to skilled accident reconstruction experts and numerous contacts within the railroad industry whose knowledge may be critical assets in building your case.

Railroad injury cases are almost always intensely contested, and yours will likely require extensive trial preparation that puts strong pressure on the negligent party. Unlike firms that consistently target quick settlements, we build every serious injury case with rigor and stand always prepared to fight for you in court to win full and fair compensation.

For a free consultation with a proven railroad accident and railroad workers' attorney at Byron Carlson Petri & Kalb, LLC in Edwardsville, Illinois, call 618-307-4054 or send an e-mail anytime.