“When I seek out professional advice, I want honesty, I want frankness, I want advice straight-up. So should you.” Los Angeles FELA Lawyer - Bill Turley
The First Step
When handling your work injury case, nothing matters more than the honest truth. Nothing. You must be straightforward and honest about your case. I have seen many instances where a client will sugarcoat their injury and the courts throw out the case. Why? All because they were not honest from the get-go.
The Next Step
If you've been injured on the job, you probably have a ton of questions. I understand. You are concerned about your family and your livelihood. My suggestion is the next step you should take before anything else is to read my book, Win Your Injury Case. I wrote it to help folks like you, good people who got hurt on the job. You can order a free copy and I will cover the shipping too.
Los Angeles FELA Attorney's Take - Do's and Don'ts for Injured Railroad Workers
If you are a railroad worker and have a serious injury you are probably concerned about you and your family’s future. You may be thinking: What happens if I can’t return to work? How am I going to get the best medical treatment? How am I going to support my family when I am off of work?
If you work for a railroad company, your injury falls under the Federal Employers Liability Act (FELA).
What should I do if I have a work injury while working for the railroad?
If you are injured you must seek treatment from doctors of your own choosing. You have the right to choose your own doctor under the FELA. If you receive emergency medical treatment or your are hospitalized - you are allowed to choose your own doctor after you receive such emergency medical treatment.
Never Treat With A Company Doctor
The company can’t make you see the "company doctors" at work clinics or other facilities. You must demand to see doctors of your own choosing and should not allow the railroad to control and influence your medical treatment, in any way.
Never Sign Any Medical Authorizations
The adjuster will try and get you to sign medical authorizations and the like. Don’t do it. This is always a mistake. They are only looking for way to deny your claim. It is never a good idea. Ever. Not today, not tomorrow, not ever. If the adjuster tries to force you to sign any type of authorization - call a FELA lawyer immediately.
Don’t Give A Written Or Recorded Statement
Usually after a serious railroad injury, the company will try and take your written or recorded statement. Giving a statement is always a mistake. Always. There is no requirement for you to give a written or recorded statement. It is only going to be used to try and beat you in court. If the adjuster insists you need to give a statement - you need to call an attorney - immediately.
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Disclaimer: Please understand these discussions and/or examples are not legal advice. All legal situations are different. This testimonial, endorsement and/or discussion does not constitute a guarantee, warranty, or prediction regarding the outcome of your legal matter, your particular case/ situation and/or this particular case/ situation. Thanks, Bill Turley