Armbruster, Dripps, Winterscheidt & Blotevogel, LLC

Illinois Railroad Employees and FELA Injury Claims

Armbruster, Dripps, Winterscheidt & Blotevogel, LLC

Illinois Railroad Employees and FELA Injury Claims

The Illinois FELA and railroad accident attorneys at Armbruster, Dripps, Winterscheidt & Blotevogel, a St. Louis and Illinois law firm, have decades of experience fighting for those injured in a railroad accident, particularly railroad employees protected by the Federal Employers Liability Act (FELA). Each attorney at the firm is experienced with FELA, which is a federal law governing how injury claims of railroad employees are handled. FELA covers workers injured on trains or while working on railroad property or equipment, in accidents that occur in Illinois and elsewhere in the United States.

Railroad injury law covers both union and management employees. Depending on the circumstances, workers may be covered even if they are not direct employees of a railroad. If you are in a railroad accident, it is important to speak with experienced FELA lawyers as soon as possible to make sure your rights are fully protected.

When you need a railroad accident attorney in Illinois

Charles Armbruster has been trying cases against railroads since 1992 and is widely regarded as one of the top FELA lawyers in Illinois and the country. In 2004, soon after graduating from law school, Michael Blotevogel began working with Armbruster. Together, they have obtained millions in verdicts and settlements for people injured by railroads.

For example, in 2008, they convinced a trial judge to give an employee a new trial, after his previous attorneys had lost the case. Then, Armbruster and Blotevogel won a $1.427 million verdict for the employee, who was permanently disabled as a result of poor ground conditions in Union Pacific’s rail yards. Only a FELA law firm—in Illinois or elsewhere—would understand that this case merited a retrial.

In a span of less than 12 months in 2007 and 2008, Armbruster and Blotevogel won four FELA trials. While many attorneys and firms are content to settle cases, the skilled railroad accident attorneys in Illinois of Armbruster and Blotevogel are ready, willing, and able to try your case if the railroad does not make a reasonable offer.

Representing victims of railroad-related injuries and deaths

As railroad accident attorneys in Illinois, Armbruster and Blotevogel have won verdicts and settlements for people who have been seriously injured in the extremely dangerous railroad industry, including:

  • A conductor trainee who injured his back because of oil left on the ladder of a locomotive
  • An engineer who injured his back when cars were allowed to roll into the engine he was working on
  • An electrician who injured his knee because his railroad allowed tripping hazards to accumulate in his engine
  • Three children who lost their parents who were struck by a train at a private railroad crossing in which overgrown vegetation obstructed the view at the crossing

Armbruster and Blotevogel are also experienced in handling appeals, should that become necessary. In the past three years alone, they have handled seven appeals involving litigation with railroads.

Experienced railroad law and FELA trial attorneys in Madison County, Illinois

Attorneys Charles Armbruster and Mike Blotevogel are available to attend your union meetings, to give presentations, and to answer questions from you and your family regarding:

  • What to do and what to expect should you be injured while working for a railroad company
  • How you and your family can get relief using the 2007 whistleblower protections in the Federal Rail Safety Act (FRSA)
  • New protections offered by the Medical Treatment Act
  • The importance of understanding how the railroad’s surveillance of you after you are injured can harm your case

Attorneys Armbruster and Blotevogel are among the first attorneys in the United States to handle several whistleblower cases under the 2007 amendments to the FRSA, which transferred authority for railroad employee whistleblower protections to OSHA and gave railroad employees new rights and remedies.

Protect your rights after a railroad-related injury or death

If you or a loved one has been involved in a serious personal injury in St. Louis, or if family death has occurred as a result of a railroad’s negligence, recklessness, or misconduct, call our office today at (866) 918-3067 or contact Armbruster, Dripps, Winterscheidt & Blotevogel, LLC online to arrange a consultation with one of our railroad attorneys.

We offer contingent fee agreements so you owe no attorney fees unless and until we recover compensation for you.

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