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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Notify your union. Report your accident and injury to your workers’ union.
- 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.