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What Should You Do After A Railroad Accident?

All injury causing accidents are overwhelming. You may not know what to do as you try to navigate medical bills, injury recovery and figure out how you can return to work. Unfortunately, your actions in the immediate aftermath of a railroad accident can significantly impact your health and your ability to pursue necessary Federal Employers Liability Act (FELA) compensation. At Atwood Law, we are experienced FELA attorneys who understand how to help railroad workers pursue just compensation after a workplace injury. Below, we compiled recommendations of what to do to protect your health and potential claim.

If you were injured in a railroad injury, call our Omaha and Lincoln offices at 402-817-2717 or toll free at 800-655-9606 to schedule a free consultation. Based in Nebraska, we also represent injured individuals throughout Iowa.

5 Steps To Take After A Railroad Injury

  1. Report the accident to your company. You must complete an injury report with your employer. Be as thorough as possible detailing the circumstances of your accident and the extent of your injuries. If there were any witnesses, record their names and contact information.
  2. Seek medical attention. After any necessary emergency medical care, you should also receive an independent evaluation from your chosen medical provider. Make sure that they evaluate and document all injuries. You are entitled to have treatment without the presence of a railroad representative and to give your statement after your initial treatment is complete.
  3. Maintain a case folder. Keep written documentation of all doctor’s visits, medical bills, a tally of missed work days, a record of your healing and paperwork from your employer in a special accident folder. Maintaining all documentation in a central location will organize your claim and prevent key information from being misplaced.
  4. Notify your union. Report your accident and injury to your workers’ union.
  5. Speak with an experienced FELA attorney. Schedule a case consultation with a skilled lawyer. An attorney can evaluate your circumstances and provide tailored advice on how to protect your claim. It is important for an attorney to make sure that the accident scene or tools and equipment involved are preserved by the railroad, so it is important to get an attorney involved to protect your rights.

For more information, visit our railroad injuries FAQ page.

Contact Our Firm For Thorough Representation

If you were injured in a railroad workplace accident, call 402-817-2717 or toll free at 800-655-9606 to schedule a free consultation with one of our thorough trial lawyers. You may also contact us online. With almost two decades of experience, we can skillfully represent your case in negotiation or court as necessary.

All of our FELA cases are addressed on a contingency basis. You do not pay us unless we successfully secure compensation on your behalf.

What Our Clients Say

The lawyers and support staff at Atwood Law Firm showed me sincere interest and caring on a very personal level, and I knew at all times my interests were front and center in all aspects of my workers' compensation case. This office is staffed by a great group of people. You can relax and be assured that your welfare comes first and foremost in their decisions and actions with respect to your legal case. You are kept aware of the process and progress in your case at all times, and your input is welcomed. I highly recommend the Atwood Law Firm to anyone needing legal assistance.

- WN

I cannot thank you enough for the peace of mind you have brought to my family! Both of my parents are extremely grateful for your work. I knew we were in good hands from the first meeting and you have exceeded all my expectations! It may feel straightforward to you, but to us, you have moved mountains. This settlement will allow my parents, particularly my Dad, to enjoy the rest of their lives to the fullest of their abilities. We all agree that we would give every cent back and more for my Dad to walk again, but that is not going to happen...

- DW

"...He didn't treat me like I was one of 100 clients. He treated me like I was his only client. He acted professionally but with empathy, dignity and friendliness. It didn't matter if it was something small or large, he was always there for me, be it by phone, fax, email, cellphone or meeting me personally at his office or elsewhere. He never rushed me when I didn't understand something, he'd take as much time as needed to explain things to me, especially when it came time for my deposition and in preparation for trial. He was there for me when I truly needed his help..."

- CG

"...My husband and I felt his kindness immediately and were both very impressed with his knowledge of what to expect in a wrongful death case. He pursued our claim in an aggressive manner while at the same time being very protective of our rights and privacy and sheltered us from any unnecessary contact with insurance agents, or any other adverse parties. My husband and I cannot say enough about the kindness, professionalism and legal ability demonstrated by Atwood Law"

- RD

"...If it were not for this law firm all I would have received from this injury would have been a loss of income check and a pat on the back, goodbye. Which only would have been a fraction of what I actually received. He was always professional but more importantly he cared about me and my family as people not just a client. He went beyond his role as my lawyer. He even spoke with my bank and explained why I was behind on my car payment. And this saved me getting my car repossessed..."

- HR

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