If you are a railroad worker in Tennessee, you are likely aware of the hazards inherent in your job. You may have heard about, or even witnessed, people suffering broken bones, crush injuries, deep cuts or other serious harms on the job. What you may not know is how to go about seeking the compensation you deserve, or the amount to which you may be entitled, if you are ever injured at work.
Instead of seeking workers' compensation benefits, railroad employees who suffer workplace injuries can file Federal Employees Liability Act claims, which are not subject to maximums on benefits paid. As a result, employers and their insurance companies work hard to find reasons to deny FELA claims. The longer you wait to formally mention an on-the-job accident, the more time you give them to uncover information that could lead to a denial. Thus, it is imperative that you complete accident and injury reports as soon as possible after a railroad injury.
After reporting the incident and the harm it caused, you will be required make a statement on the event and re-enact it. It is important to keep in mind that claims adjusters, lawyers and other representatives from your company will be involved throughout this process. You may wish to seek legal counsel who could help you protect yourself from those working so hard against you.
Negligent actions of other crew members or malfunctioning equipment are often the causes of railroad injuries. Our page can provide your with more information on railroad accidents and how to go about seeking compensation if you have been hurt in one.
Source: Godwin, Morris, Laurenzi & Bloomfield, "Memphis Railroad Injury / FELA Claims Lawyers", September 24, 2014