If you have been injured while working on the railroad, you have the legal right to see the doctor of your choice. As a Fort Worth FELA railroad injury attorney, I know that there is a very good chance that your employer will try to convince you that you have to see the company doctor. This is certainly not the case. They want you to see the company doctor, because it is their job to get you back to work as soon as possible.
You owe it to yourself to see an independent doctor who will make sure you receive the full spectrum of medical care necessary to ensure as full as recovery as possible from your injuries.
How Do I Pay for the Doctor?
Under the Federal Employer’s Liability Act, if you were injured during the course of your employment for an interstate railroad company, you are entitled to recover compensation from your employer which will include reimbursement for your medical treatment. Unfortunately, no matter how many years of loyal service you have given your employer, they will try to avoid paying you the fair compensation you are entitled to by arguing that your treatments were unnecessary or other excuses. In order to have the best possible chance of receiving fair compensation, it is often necessary to hire an experienced injury lawyer to fight on your behalf.
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As a Fort Worth personal injury attorney, I know that medical treatment, surgery, physical therapy and other necessary care is expensive. If you have health insurance (which you probably do), then use it. Right now, it’s important that you get the proper care that you need. Yes, your employer should be the one to pay – but they won’t pay a dime until your lawyer makes them. In the meantime, you need treatment – so use your health insurance and worry about getting reimbursed later on.
If you don’t have health insurance, then it may be possible for you to receive treatment through a letter of protection in some circumstances. Contact our office to see whether this could be arranged for you.
Call for a Free Consultation
The board certified personal injury lawyers at the Anderson Law Firm in Fort Worth offer all injured railroad workers a free, no obligation consultation regarding their workplace accident cases. To speak with an attorney today, please call us toll free at 800-354-6275 or locally at 817-294-1900.