FELA Law in Baton Rouge Louisiana
Rome, Arata and Baxley is proud to have prosecuted scores of FELA claims on behalf of Baton Rouge area railroad workers. We have successfully handled railroad injury cases in East Baton Rouge, Iberville, West Baton Rouge and Point Coupee parishes against Kansas City Southern, Amtrak and Union Pacific, and the Canadian Northern and Illinois Central railroad.
We are extremely proud of the results we have achieved for our Baton Rouge area clients. The Baton Rouge area railroads recognize our name and know that it means that the injured worker is represented by one of the best FELA attorneys in the country. Please feel free to ask us for a referral and we will put you in contact with one or several of our satisfied FELA clients from Baton Rouge or the surrounding areas.
Baton Rouge Area Juries
The Baton Rouge population and jury pool is influenced by its diverse economy and its location in the heart of Acadiana along the Mississippi River. Like the rest of Acadiana, Baton Rouge has a strong Cajun culture. It is also the capital of Louisiana and many Baton Rouge citizens work for the government. Baton Rouge is the farthest inland port on the Mississippi River that can accommodate ocean-going tankers and cargo carriers. The ships transfer their cargo (grain, crude, cars, containers) at Baton Rouge onto the various railroads and pipelines or barges. And, Baton Rouge is the home of Louisiana State University.
In the 2000s, Baton Rouge became one of the fastest-growing cities in the South in terms of technology. Baton Rouge's population temporarily exploded after Hurricane Katrina, as it accepted as many as 200,000 displaced residents.
In the 1950s and 1960s, Baton Rouge experienced a boom in the petrochemical industry, which is today Baton Rouge's largest industry. The ExxonMobil facility in Baton Rouge is the second-largest oil refinery in the country and is among the world's 10 largest. The large petrochemical plants in Baton Rouge give Baton Rouge jurors in the area a unique perspective on railroads.
Most folks in the Baton Rouge- area have at least one family member who has worked in the petrochemical plants. Almost every plant in the Baton Rouge area is serviced by one or more railroads. Getting a close up view of the work involved in the switching of tank cars familiarizes people in the Baton Rouge area with the dangers of railroad work and the importance of railroad safety. Even those folks in Baton Rouge who haven’t seen switching work done up close will have lived by or driven by tracks carrying railroad chemical cars for years and must know that it is the railroad worker who ensures the safe passage of these dangerous chemicals through their community. These personal experiences that many people in Baton Rouge have with railroads can be very important in any case where the railroad has put profit before safety.
Railroads currently operating in Baton Rouge
Four major rail lines provide railroad freight service to Baton Rouge. Since 2006, Baton Rouge and New Orleans leaders as well as the state government have been pushing to secure funding for a new high speed rail passenger railroad line between downtown Baton Rouge and downtown New Orleans, with several stops in between. Railroads currently operating in the Baton Rouge area include:
Burlington Northern and Santa Fe Railroad
Burlington Northern and Santa Fe Railroad is the corporate heir to the Atchison Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad which has been operating railroads in Baton Rouge since before 1900.
Canadian Northern and Illinois Central RailroadThe Illinois Central Railroad has provided rail service in the central United States, with its primary routes connecting Chicago, Illinois with New Orleans, and Baton Rouge, Louisiana and Mobile, Alabama. The Canadian National Railway gained control of the IC in 1998, and it is now a subsidiary and part of the CN Southern Region
Kansas City Southern Railroad
KCS has historically connected Northern markets to the port cities on the Gulf of Mexico, like Baton Rouge.
Union Pacific Railroad
Union Pacific Railroad is the corporate heir to the Southern Pacific and Missouri Pacific railroad systems among others. As such they have been operating railroads in Baton Rouge since before the turn of the last century.
Amtrak, the national passenger railroad, serves Baton Rouge via the Sunset Limited which runs from Los Angeles to New Orleans mostly along the I10 corridor. The Amtrak station is actually in nearby Hammond, Louisiana at 404 N.W. Railroad Avenue Hammond, LA 70401. It has an enclosed waiting area and ticket office.
We Handle Cases for Injured Railroad Employees Across the United States
Because of our extensive experience in FELA law, Rome, Arata & Baxley has had the privilege to handle cases nationwide. Our attorneys are licensed in Texas and Louisiana and the bulk of our cases are in states along the gulf coast. We represent or have represented injured railroad workers across the United States, especially in these cities:
- Fort Worth
- San Antonio
- El Paso
- Corpus Christi
- Austin, Belton/Temple, Galveston, Longview, Lubbock, Lufkin, Marshall, Orange, Port Arthur, Tyler
- Lake Charles
- New Orleans
- Alexandria, Lafayette
- Los Angeles, California, Chicago, Illinois, New York City, New York, Boston, Massachusetts, St. Louis, Missouri, Atlanta, Georgia, Kansas City, Missouri, Denver, Colorado, Salt Lake City, Utah, Jackson, Mississippi, Jacksonville, Florida, Charlotte, North Carolina, Birmingham, Alabama, Washington D.C., Sacramento, California, Muskogee, Oklahoma, Chickashaw, Oklahoma, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Little Rock, Arkansas, Pine Bluff, Arkansas, Wichita, Kansas
Vital Information for Injured Railroad Workers
- How to Fill Out an Accident Report
- How to Give a Statement to the Railroad Claim Agent
- 7 Vital Tips for an Injured Railroad Worker
Railroad Worker Resources
- FELA FAQs
- Railroad Whistleblower Info
- Federal Employers Liability Act
- FRA Statutes and Regulations
- Federal Railroad Administration
- Railroad Injuries
Injured Railroad Worker Benefits
- Short Term Railroad Disability Benefits
- Long Term Railroad Retirement and Disability Benefits
- Railroad Medical Benefits
- Recommended Optional Benefits