Injury victims, by and large, aren’t aware of their legal rights. Most of us go through life never thinking that we’ll be seriously injured in a workplace accident. We assume that, should the worst happen, our loyalty to our employer - and people’s natural instinct to do the right thing - will be sufficient to ensure that we are treated fairly and that if we are entitled to compensation, we will be taken care of.
Unfortunately, as a Dallas-Fort Worth injury lawyer, I know that is not true. Regardless of whether you’re injured in a truck-on-car wreck or a dog bite attack, the liable insurance company will not treat you fairly. The damages associated with serious injuries are usually so high, that the insurance company will do everything possible to minimize their losses and protect their profits. The same is true when you are injured at work and are forced to make a claim against your employer: the railroad, the rail yard, the train operator, or other associated company.
Legal Rights of Injured Railroad Employees
Railroad companies do not have conventional workers comp insurance. Instead, railroad employees are covered under the Federal Employer's Liability Act (FELA). This means that there is often significantly more money available to you if you have been injured on the job.
Unfortunately, no matter how long you’ve been working for your employer, once you are injured you pose a threat to their profits. You should not expect to be treated fairly by the railroad company after a workplace injury, which is why it is so important that you consult with a board certified Texas FELA railroad injury attorney as soon as possible.
How a Train and Railroad Accident Lawyer Can Help You
The moment that you are injured, the railroad company has an advantage over you. They know that you are unable to work due to your injuries. They also know that you’re probably facing some very expensive medical bills. They also know that since most people don’t know what compensation they are entitled to, you’re probably focused on the short term consequences of being injured, rather than the long term.
As a result, there is a very good chance that they will try to take advantage of you. The railroad company probably reviews hundreds or thousands of injury claims each year. They employ claims agents whose job it is to settle these claims as quickly as possible – before the injured worker has a chance to hire an attorney – for as little money as possible.
Although the claims agent might seem to be friendly and have your best interests at heart, trusting them is a big mistake. These professionals know what tricks get them the results they seek. They know what questions to ask to trick you into doing something that will ruin your case.
The best way to protect your legal rights and your family’s finances after a train or railroad accident is to hire a board certified personal injury lawyer who specializes in FELA accident claims. Contact the Anderson Law Firm today for a free, no obligation consultation by calling toll free at 800-354-6275 or locally in Fort Worth at 817-294-1900.
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