When you have been injured in a train accident, you need to speak to an experienced railroad injury attorney. Railroad injuries are a complex area of the law. Many railroaders are not covered by normal workers’ compensation laws. Railroad employers are covered by the Federal Employers’ Liability Act (FELA). Only an attorney who has knowledge and experience in this area would know how to properly handle your case. Here is what you need to do if you were injured while working on a railroad.
Seek Medical Assistance
Most railroad injuries are serious and require immediate medical assistance. However, if you suffered a minor injury, a medical professional still should be consulted. A seemingly small injury may turn into a rather large one if not properly addressed. Failure to get it seen quickly may result in an inability to completely collect your damages.
Record and Keep
Write down your account of the events leading up to your injury. This is very useful information for a railroad injury attorney. Be brief and stick to the facts. If anyone was present at the time of your injury, ask him or her to write a brief witness statement. Gather important documents such as medical bills or letters from your employer. You will want these things when you speak to your railroad injury attorney.
Schedule a Consultation
As soon as you are able, schedule a consultation with a railroad injury attorney. This is a brief 30-minute to one hour meeting in which you meet with an attorney and discuss the facts of your case. Bring your documents and be prepared to answer basic questions about what happened. A good attorney will listen intently and then provide you with advice on how to move forward with your case.