Tips For Injured Railroad Workers
Rome, Arata, Baxley & Stelly, LLC, provides comprehensive legal guidance to injured railroad employees throughout the United States. We have found the following tips for injured railroad workers to be helpful in the immediate aftermath of a work injury.
Please read the following tips to help organize your plan of action, and call us at 502-521-7946 or toll free at 800-249-1306 to arrange your free initial consultation. Located in New Orleans, we represent injured railroad workers throughout Louisiana and the 48 contiguous states.
I Was Hurt While Working On The Railroad. What Should I Do To Protect My Rights?
- Obtain medical treatment as soon as you can. Remember: You are not required to see the company doctor. Our attorneys encourage you to obtain medical care from your own doctor. In this way, it can be ensured that you receive an unbiased, independent medical evaluation. If you do see the company doctor, be sure to follow up with your own doctor.
- Fill out an injury report as soon as possible and keep a copy of the report for yourself. If you leave the scene of the accident in an ambulance, you may not have a chance to fill out the report immediately. If at all possible, fill it out before you leave the premises.
- When you complete the injury report, be sure to make note of any unsafe conditions or anything that could have caused or contributed to the accident. Because the Federal Employers Liability Act (FELA) requires that fault be established, if you do not include this information, it can be used against you.
- Take photos of unsafe working conditions as well as your injuries. The company may attempt to conceal dangerous conditions, and it is important to document the condition of the premises before, during and immediately after the accident. Pictures make it much more difficult for the railroad to argue about the conditions of the property.
- Get the contact information of your co-workers and anyone else who witnessed the accident. While you may see your co-workers daily, people can move and quit their jobs. You want to make sure that your attorney can get in touch with these people easily.
- Write down information about the equipment that was involved in the accident. This equipment will be inspected for defects, and it can be vital to your claim.
- Keep good records of your financial losses — lost wages, out-of-pocket expenses, even gas costs for trips to and from the doctor’s office.
- Contact our FELA lawyers online for your free initial consultation or call Rome, Arata, Baxley & Stelly, LLC, at 504-521-7946 or toll free at 800-249-1306. The railroad’s legal team will get to work immediately in an effort to reduce your claim. Our attorneys are aware of these tactics as well as the strategies that we can use to ensure a successful FELA claim on your behalf. Our New Orleans law firm represents railroad workers from Metairie, Baton Rouge, the surrounding areas of Louisiana and throughout the entire country.