800-472-5729 (toll free) / 312-332-9596

800-472-5729 (toll free) / 312-332-9596

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We are dedicated to helping injured individuals and their families recover the losses they have suffered from railroad injuries.


Railroad injury claims

Our American legal system is based upon principles of justice and fair play. If you have been injured in a railroad accident, you have the legal right to pursue a claim to be compensated for your injuries. However, while you have many rights under the law, attempting to preserve these rights by dealing with the railroad directly can feel like David battling Goliath. The fact is that in these matters the legal playing field is not level. Railroads have tremendous resources behind them to pour into legal defense. Their claims system is designed to minimize their liability and reduce any potential payout.
To protect your legal rights and maximize your compensation, you need Petro & Harrington on your side. We know how to deal with railroads and insurance companies. We have the experience and resources to help you achieve the best possible result.

FELA Lawyers for On-Duty Railroad Injuries

The Chicago law firm of Petro & Harrington works to recover compensation for injured railroad workers in Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Michigan, and throughout the Midwest. Railroad and train-related accidents occur every day, and injured railroad employees’ rights are not protected by state workers’ compensation laws. Instead, they are governed by a unique federal regulatory system. This complex law is called the Federal Employers’ Liability Act or “FELA." Our extensive experience in this highly specialized field of law, coupled with our exceptional level of personal service, makes Petro & Harrington, LLC especially qualified to help you with your situation.


Why You Need a FELA Lawyer

The FELA is a specialized statute that governs workplace injuries to railroad employees, and we are intimately familiar with the inner workings of every major and nearly every short-line railroad in the United States. Railroad employees need representation like that provided by our law firm in order to protect, prosecute and obtain full justice and compensation for their injuries.

A Historically Dangerous Industry

A Railroad occupation, historically and as it remains today, is one of the most dangerous jobs in the United States. In 1888, the odds against a railroad brakeman’s dying a natural death were almost four to one; the average work life expectancy of a switchman in 1893 was seven years. In addressing the plight of railroad workers in the United States, President Benjamin Harrison urged Congress to pass legislation to improve railroad safety. He explained: “It is a reproach to our civilization that any class of American workman 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 time of war.”

The Federal Employers’ Liability Act

In 1908, upon realizing the importance of railroads bearing the costs of causing injuries to its employees, Congress enacted the FELA. The Act’s purpose is to stimulate carriers to greater diligence for the safety of their employees and the persons and property of their patrons.
While the FELA has indeed forced railroad carriers to become safer and be held accountable to employees for the injuries it caused, the railroad industry is one that is not without significant safety risk. The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) reported that in 2003, there were more than 13,877 railroad accidents in the United States in which 858 people lost their lives. Tragically, the sheer size and weight of the railroad equipment can often have catastrophic results in the form of severe personal injury or death suffered by workers or those close to the tracks.

We want to work with you!

Few law firms in the Midwest offer the same level of legal expertise and client commitment as ours. We are passionate about what we do, and our attorneys have dedicated their entire careers to helping the injured. If you or a loved one has suffered an injury, it is critical that you are represented by attorneys with the experience and dedication to ensure you receive the maximum recovery to which you are entitled.