FELA Lawyers for Railroad Workers
Federal Employers' Liability Act
When railroad workers are injured on the job, their compensation is governed by the Federal Employers' Liability Act (FELA). James McEldrew III, and our Philadelphia FELA lawyers, represent railroad employees in their alternative form of worker's compensation. Jim has served as the Director of the FELA program for the Transport Workers Union. He is the designated counsel for the Transport Workers Union and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, with members working at Amtrak, Conrail, Norfolk Southern, Metro North, PATH, CSX and New Jersey Transit.
He was on the Board of Directors of the Academy of Rail Labor Attorneys from 1994 until 2001 and was President of the Academy of Rail Labor Attorneys from 2001 to 2002. He also served as a lecturer at the George Meany Center for Labor Studies, where he instructed union representatives on techniques for arbitrating railroad cases. Jim has represented hundreds of clients as an FELA attorney in Philadelphia.
This summer began with a trial on behalf of the Estate of Ray Ellison v. Path. Jim McEldrew tried this case for five days in Newark, NJ on behalf of the girlfriend of Ray Ellison, who unfortunately passed away under circumstances not related to the railroad accident. The plaintiffs were able to use Ray’s deposition to support the claim arising from his fall at Sea Yard in Harrison, New Jersey. As a result of the fall, Mr. Ellison aggravated a pre-existing back condition and underwent surgery. Six months after the accident he returned to work, and unfortunately, died in an unrelated incident. The jury was very sympathetic to Mr. Ellison’s condition, and awarded $465,000.