Tarrant County – and Fort Worth, Keller and Saginaw in particular – are a hotbed of activity for interstate train companies. Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF), Union Pacific (UP) and Amtrak are some of the major railroad operators which operate in area switching yards – and all three companies employ a number of engineers and other workers in the local community.
Unfortunately, if you or a member of your family has been injured on the job while working for a Texas-based railroad company, you should not expect their employer to willingly pay you and your family the full and fair compensation you are entitled to. It is important that you seek legal advice from a board certified Fort Worth injury attorney who is experienced in handling railroad workers injury claims under the Federal Employers Liability Act (FELA)
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What You Need to Do After a Railroad Job Accident
Since most injured railroad employees are unlikely to consult with a FELA lawyer immediately after suffering an injury at work, it is nevertheless important that you take certain steps to ensure the best possible outcome for your case down the track. Here are a few simple things that our experienced attorneys recommend all injured railroad workers to help their case:
- Report your accident to your employer. In order to make a successful claim later on, you need as much documented evidence as possible. You must make sure your supervisor files an official report immediately.
- Make a note of all witnesses to your accident. Chances are, most of the witnesses will be your co-workers. If you have a voice recorder app on your cellphone, ask them if they will let you record them giving their account of your accident.
- Get medical treatment. Although your employer will want you to see a company doctor, you have no legal obligation to do you. You are free to see a doctor of your choosing. If you want, our lawyers would be happy to recommend a doctor to you.
- Be careful when dealing with your employer. Sadly no matter how loyal an employee you have been, you will not be treated fairly by your company after you have been injured on the job. Be especially cautious when you are contacted by a railroad claims agent following your accident as it is their job to make sure your employer gets away with paying you as little money in damages as possible.
Get a Free Consultation with a Qualified Railroad Injury Attorney
Contact the board certified personal injury lawyers at the Anderson Law Firm for a free, no obligation consultation on your FELA injury claim. Our main office is located in central Fort Worth, but we have offices throughout the DFW Metroplex in Keller, Arlington and Dallas.
Call us today, toll free at 800-354-6275 or locally at 817-294-1900.