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Railroad (FELA) Injury

Almost any railroad worker injured on the job will be covered under the Federal Employer Liability Act (FELA). This act governs the right of interstate railroad employees injured, sickened or killed in the course of their employment, through an employer’s negligence, to sue the employer for damages.

1. Consult an attorney.

Our local Jacksonville, Florida law office will provide you with a free initial consultation to discuss your railroad injury and your legal rights.

2. Do not give any statements.

Railroad claims agents will want you to provide a recorded statement of the injury. It is important for you to speak with an attorney first. Giving a statement, recorded or written, could diminish the value of your claim.

3. Seek medical attention.

If you need to go to a doctor, you have a right to see a doctor of your choice. The railroad would want you to see their doctor because he/she reports to them.

4. Gather information.

If possible, gather the names of the employees who were working with you at the time or who may have seen the accident. Writing down important information such as how the injury occurred, time of day and conditions surrounding the injury can be helpful.

On-the-job injuries can result in recovery for lost time & wages, medical expenses, pain and suffering, and more. Additionally, in the unfortunate event an injury results in the death of a railroad worker, the surviving spouse and children will be able to receive compensation.

Railroad workers often receive less compensation than they deserve for their injuries because they do not get the proper legal advice. The Jacksonville, Florida railroad injury attorneys at Wilkes & Mee will work vigorously to recover the maximum amount of compensation possible that you may be entitled to under FELA and other laws.

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