FELA (Trains & Mass Transit) Team

McEldrew Purtell’s FELA team is dedicated to investigating the facts surrounding train derailments, railroad crossing accidents, and other transportation accidents.

With over 30 years of experience and a practice founded on FELA cases, our Team can assist with a wide variety of wrongful death and catastrophic injury lawsuits for railroad workers and train passengers. We work immediately to engage the appropriate experts, preserve the scene of the event, and to identify all potential defendants. The goal of the entire team is to protect our clients' interests and maximize outcomes.

Meet the Team

Daniel N. Purtell

Daniel N. Purtell

Founding Partner & Lead Trial Attorney

Colin S. Haviland

Colin S. Haviland

Managing Attorney

Lori Comitale

Lori Comitale


Sharon Davis

Sharon Davis


Cormick J. McLaughlin

Cormick J. McLaughlin


Referral Program

Workplace Injury Team

Whether through joint representation or straight referral, McEldrew Purtell is your trusted partner in serving your client from start to finish.

FELA Results

$15.6 Million

Verdict for railroad electrician pinned by spool of wire.

$15 million

Court room settlement

$4.7 Million

Settlement for railroad conductor who suffered electrical shock.

$2.2 Million

For a railroad worker case involving cervical fusion.

$2 Million

FELA settlement

$2 Million

Settlement on behalf of a coach cleaner who sustained electrical burns when the safety catch failed to properly secure the pantograph on top of an MU (Multiple Unit – a type of self-propelled train carriage).

$1.836 Million

Jury verdict for a SEPTA employee who fell on black ice because a SEPTA sub-contractor failed to properly remove the snow and ice.

$1.825 Million

Settlement for a SEPTA conductor that suffered permanent injuries from an electric shock while assisting a passenger.

$1.8 Million

Verdict for railroader who suffered a broken ankle.

$1.6 Million

FELA verdict

$1.25 Million

For an injured track worker who fell into an excavation ditch.

$1.2 Million

Jury verdict on behalf of an employee who developed kidney disease as a result of long-term exposure to solvent products.

$1.1 Million

Settlement for a SEPTA mechanic struck by a falling airport ladder.

$1 Million

Settlement for a non-operated herniated disc sustained as a result of a fall on oil in a receiving yard.


$950,000 for a flagman who tripped and fell on oil, breaking his foot and requiring multiple surgeries.


Settlement on behalf of a 45-year-old pilot who sustained knee and back injuries in a crane accident.


FELA Settlement


Settlement for a SEPTA electrician suffering a knee injury.


Settlement for a car man who sustained thoracic outlet syndrome as a result of carrying railroad ties without proper equipment.


Settlement under the FELA for a worker injured in a slip and fall at a SEPTA parking lot in the winter.


Settlement under the FELA for back injuries suffered while performing an annual inspection and repair on a steam engine.


For client injured on the job


Settlement for a railroad worker injured in a fall while working on the decking of a bridge.


Jury verdict for track worker who suffered a medial meniscal injury, requiring arthroscopic surgery, while climbing down from a track vehicle in poor light at night.