John Cooper is Re-elected to Litigation Group to Help Railroad Workers at AAJ Convention
I was happy to recently attend the American Association for Justice annual convention in Montreal where I was re-elected to an influential litigation group intended to help injured railroad workers.
The AAJ is the largest plaintiffs’ attorney organization in the United States and the convention provides a lot of useful knowledge to help me represent clients back in Virginia. The convention last four days and provides some important continuing legal education opportunities.
I was pleased to be re-elected to chair a litigation group that helps injured railroad workers.
I have chaired the FELA Litigation Group since 2011. FELA is the Federal Employers Liability Act, a federal law that was enacted in 1908 to protect and compensate railroad workers who are injured on the job. I have been involved in fighting many cases on behalf of injured railroad workers across the United States in a 25 year career as a personal injury lawyer. While this legislation is intended to protect the worker, railroads will do all they can to minimize and reduce payments to injured workers.
Over the next year, I will attend seminars and railroad section meetings with national experts in crossings accidents, epidemiology, and forensic economics. I have also co-written the only FELA litigation packets of forms to help lawyers new to FELA which are published and sold by the AAJ. The position involves networking with railroad attorneys from across the country to better assist clients injured in train and rail accidents, including CSX and Norfolk Southern employees who have been injured, as well as families of passengers hurt in Amtrak wrecks and derailments.
The American Association for Justice is the world’s largest trial bar. It describes itself on its website as a “broad-based, international coalition of attorneys, law professors, paralegals, and law students.”
Cooper Hurley has represented many injured railroad workers across the country in their claims against the big railroads. We have written the book Your Rights When You Are Injured on the Railroad. Cooper Hurley has a head office in Norfolk and client meeting locations in Virginia Beach, Hampton, Chesapeake, Newport News, Portsmouth and the on the Eastern Shore of Virginia. Call us for a free consultation today if you have been hurt on the railroad at 757.455.0077.