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When you sustain an injury while on the railroad, ensuring you take the correct steps to receive the best possible outcome is critical. As such, working with an experienced FELA lawyer is essential, as they can provide quality legal representation. However, if you’re unfamiliar with what to consider when searching for an attorney, you may end up making an error and choosing less than adequate legal counsel. The following blog explores what you should consider when searching for an attorney after sustaining a railroad injury.

When Would I Need an Attorney?

Unfortunately, many railroad workers are unaware of their rights if they suffer an injury or illness due to their employer’s negligence. It’s a common misconception that railway employees can file a workers’ compensation claim to recover the funds they deserve. However, due to the dangers of working on railroads, the government enacted the Federal Employers’ Liability Act (FELA), which helps hold employers accountable for their actions by allowing employees to file a claim against their companies.

Generally, if you sustain an injury or illness because of your time spent working on the railroad and you can prove your employer was at least partially responsible, you can pursue compensation with the help of an attorney. For example, if they did not show you how to properly complete tasks or failed to provide you with necessary personal protective equipment to avoid contact with hazardous materials, you can file a claim against them for their negligence.

What Should I Consider When Looking for a Railroad Injury Lawyer?

Generally, the most important thing to consider is that your attorney has experience with FELA cases. Unfortunately, many railroad employees make the mistake of choosing the first personal injury attorney they can find. While this option may be the best for car accidents or slips and falls, railroad injuries are incredibly different.

In addition to searching for a FELA attorney, you should also see if your attorney is a member of the Academy of Rail Labor Attorneys (ARLA) or the American Association for Justice’s Railroad Section (AAJ). Members of these associations are FELA attorneys dedicated to sharing information and resources with their members to help give injured workers the best opportunity to recover the compensation they deserve. If your attorney is an ARLA member, they have unlimited access to resources and education, so you can feel confident that your attorney is dedicated to finding the best course of action for your needs.

Finally, you’ll want to connect with a compassionate attorney. While your lawyer’s first goal is to win the case, you shouldn’t be made to feel like a means to an end. A lawyer who cares about you and your circumstances is critical to feeling comfortable and confident in your legal representation.

At Doran & Murphy, we understand fighting the railroad for compensation can be incredibly overwhelming, especially when healing from an injury. We understand what it can feel like to be taken advantage of by your employers, which is why our team is committed to fighting for the best outcome possible for you when you’ve sustained an injury or fallen ill due to the negligence of your employer. Connect with us today to learn more.