How Much Have Other Plaintiffs Recovered in FELA Cases?

How Much Have Other Plaintiffs Recovered in FELA Cases? While the awards or settlements for past FELA cases largely depend on the type of injury sustained, their averages and medians typically exceed hundreds of thousands of dollars. This is due in large part to the significant tangible and intangible consequences of the incident on the railroad worker.

  1. Awards For Past FELA Plaintiffs
  2. Illinois FELA Accident Awards
  3. How Can A Lawyer Protect My Recovery?
  4. How Will My FELA Case Compare To Past Ones?

Awards For Past FELA Plaintiffs

“How much can I recover?” This is inevitably one of the first things railroad and carrier workers ask us when we begin discussing their case. It makes sense. As much as lawsuits are about justice, they are just as much about financial compensation for tangible and intangible damages (To learn what you could recover for in a FELA case, click here ). Hospital bills, prescription medication costs, lost wages, and other extraordinary expenses could stem from an accident on the railways, even death and funeral losses.

You need to be prepared and if someone else is at fault, then you need to be reimbursed for their wrongful conduct. So, the amount of recovery you could obtain if you filed suit is an important issue. Therefore, in the sections that follow, we provide some information on FELA awards and settlements across the country and in Illinois.

These are meant for context-not predictions. The wheels of each case are powered by the particular facts and circumstances of what happened in that isolated incident. Yet, we know statistics can be a good barometer for discussion so we provide them. If you contact us, we can explain what your recovery might look like and, more importantly, what you must do to get it (To learn what you should do following a railroad incident, click here ).

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Illinois FELA Accident Awards

“How much can I recover?” This is inevitably one of the first things railroad and carrier workers ask us when we begin discussing their case. It makes sense. As much as lawsuits are about justice, they are just as much about financial compensation for tangible and intangible damages (To learn what you could recover for in a FELA case, click here). Hospital bills, prescription medication costs, lost wages, and other extraordinary expenses could stem from an accident on the railways, even death and funeral losses. 

You need to be prepared and if someone else is at fault, then you need to be reimbursed for their wrongful conduct. So, the amount of recovery you could obtain if you filed suit is an important issue. Therefore, in the sections that follow, we provide some information on FELA awards and settlements across the country and in Illinois. 

These are meant for context-not predictions. The wheels of each case are powered by the particular facts and circumstances of what happened in that isolated incident. Yet, we know statistics can be a good barometer for discussion so we provide them. If you contact us, we can explain what your recovery might look like and, more importantly, what you must do to get it (To learn what you should do following a railroad incident, click here).

ILLINOIS FELA ACCIDENT AWARDS
Amount
$0
$1-$50,000
$50,000-$100,000
$100,000-$200,000
$200,000-$500,000
$500,000-$1,000,000
$1,000,000-$2,000,000
$2,000,000-$5,000,000
>$5,000,000
Percentage of Plaintiffs
28
5
4
8
12
19
12
9
3

NATIONAL FELA ACCIDENT AWARDS
Amount
$0
$1-$50,000
$50,000-$100,000
$100,000-$200,000
$200,000-$500,000
$500,000-$1,000,000
$1,000,000-$2,000,000
$2,000,000-$5,000,000
>$5,000,000
Percentage of Plaintiffs
27
7
5
7
13
17
12
8
3

As their titles suggest, the first two sets of information highlight what plaintiffs in Illinois and around the nation received in FELA lawsuits for railroad and carrier injuries. These numbers lump together jury awards and settlement amounts. Illinois played host to many of these cases as compared to the national average. Here are some key takeaways from these stats:

  • Illinois just barely -by 1%-notches more awards over $1 million than the country.
  • Illinois plaintiffs also strike out and receive nothing more than plaintiffs in other states but by only 1%.
  • By just 2%, Illinois plaintiffs best others in recovering sums between $100,000 and $1,000,000.
  • Illinois plaintiffs had a higher median recovery than did those around the U.S.
ILLINOIS FELA BURN ACCIDENT AWARDS
Amount
$0
$1-$50,000
$50,000-$100,000
$100,000-$200,000
$200,000-$500,000
$500,000-$1,000,000
$1,000,000-$2,000,000
$2,000,000-$5,000,000
>$5,000,000
Percentage of Plaintiffs
50
0
0
0
25
0
25
0
0

NATIONAL FELA BURN ACCIDENT AWARDS
Amount
$0
$1-$50,000
$50,000-$100,000
$100,000-$200,000
$200,000-$500,000
$500,000-$1,000,000
$1,000,000-$2,000,000
$2,000,000-$5,000,000
>$5,000,000
Percentage of Plaintiffs
44
0
13
0
13
19
6
6
0

ILLINOIS FELA CRASH ACCIDENT AWARDS
Amount
$0
$1-$50,000
$50,000-$100,000
$100,000-$200,000
$200,000-$500,000
$500,000-$1,000,000
$1,000,000-$2,000,000
$2,000,000-$5,000,000
>$5,000,000
Percentage of Plaintiffs
30
0
0
20
0
30
0
10
10

NATIONAL FELA CRASH ACCIDENT AWARDS
Amount
$0
$1-$50,000
$50,000-$100,000
$100,000-$200,000
$200,000-$500,000
$500,000-$1,000,000
$1,000,000-$2,000,000
$2,000,000-$5,000,000
>$5,000,000
Percentage of Plaintiffs
0
0
0
0
0
63
25
12
0

ILLINOIS FELA BRAIN ACCIDENT AWARDS
Amount
$0
$1-$50,000
$50,000-$100,000
$100,000-$200,000
$200,000-$500,000
$500,000-$1,000,000
$1,000,000-$2,000,000
$2,000,000-$5,000,000
>$5,000,000
Percentage of Plaintiffs
0
0
0
0
0
13
25
13
49

NATIONAL FELA BRAIN ACCIDENT AWARDS
Amount
$0
$1-$50,000
$50,000-$100,000
$100,000-$200,000
$200,000-$500,000
$500,000-$1,000,000
$1,000,000-$2,000,000
$2,000,000-$5,000,000
>$5,000,000
Percentage of Plaintiffs
14
7
3
0
10
10
17
14
24

ILLINOIS FELA BACK/NECK ACCIDENT AWARDS
Amount
$0
$1-$50,000
$50,000-$100,000
$100,000-$200,000
$200,000-$500,000
$500,000-$1,000,000
$1,000,000-$2,000,000
$2,000,000-$5,000,000
>$5,000,000
Percentage of Plaintiffs
21
7
6
6
12
16
12
13
6

NATIONAL FELA BACK/NECK ACCIDENT AWARDS
Amount
$0
$1-$50,000
$50,000-$100,000
$100,000-$200,000
$200,000-$500,000
$500,000-$1,000,000
$1,000,000-$2,000,000
$2,000,000-$5,000,000
>$5,000,000
Percentage of Plaintiffs
23
6
6
7
12
18
15
8
4

The last set of tables show recovery amounts from important FELA incident types including crash, burn, back, and brain injuries. Take a look at some important points about these numbers:

  • For both Illinois and the nation, burn injuries yielded the most amount of plaintiffs that recovered nothing: 50% of these Illinois plaintiffs received nothing and 44% of national plaintiffs received nothing.
  • For both Illinois and the rest of the country, brain injuries brought in the most awards over $1 million- 49% for Illinois FELA plaintiffs and 24% for national FELA plaintiffs.
  • For both Illinois and the rest of the country, brain injuries saw extraordinary recoveries over $5 million-87% for Illinois FELA plaintiffs and 55% for national FELA plaintiffs.

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How Can A Lawyer Protect My Recovery?

Understanding or predicting what you can get from a FELA lawsuit is not that useful if you cannot take steps to maximize and secure your recovery. If you hire a competent railroad accident law firm, then they can make sure that the compensation you are owed is still there once you get to court. Here are a few of the things that they can to do ensure that:

  • Handle all communications with opposing counsel.
  • Conduct all investigations to gather witnesses and evidence.
  • Review all case law and statutes that support your right to recover.
  • Organize a clear and cogent lawsuit that sets forth your injuries and right to recover.
  • Present an organized trial advocacy strategy to the jury.

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How Will My FELA Case Compare To Past Ones?

Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers can point out where your case compares and contrasts to past ones and important legal precedent. This will give you a better insight into what you could achieve in court. Also, we can even help you get the compensation that you deserve under the law. Just call our offices and speak with someone from the Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers to find out how.

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