When should I hire an attorney and what kind of attorney do I need?
You should seek legal advice from an experienced railroad lawyer as soon as possible after your accident. Because of the specialized nature of the laws covering railroad workers, you need a lawyer who knows these laws. Call the experienced railroad lawyers at Poolson Oden to help you navigate through the complicated laws that protect railroad workers. Talk to your union representative who is going to know of lawyers in your area that specialize in injury work and railroad harassment work and talk to them as soon as you can.
You don’t have to let the railroad know that you’ve talked to a lawyer. That’s confidential communication. Most railroad workers are very concerned initially that someone at the company will find out that they’ve spoken with a lawyer. Even if you have spoken to an attorney, that is not something that you have to tell them, even if they ask you directly. It is confidential. You don’t have to tell them that you’ve sought any type of counsel.
Call the specialized railroad attorneys at Poolson Oden to help you navigate these laws and keep your railroad claim on track. We take the time to answer your questions for free.
Will it be faster if I dealt with the railroad company directly for my claim?
While the claim agent may tell you it’s going to be a quicker process to deal with them directly, what they’re willing to pay is going to be less than the true value of your claim. The railroad claims agent is trying to pay as little as possible to settle the claim and does not have your best interests in mind.
Many injured railroad workers, unfortunately, believe that it may take less time to get money for their claim if they deal with the railroad’s claims department. However, dealing with a railroad claims department puts an injured worker at risk of taking less with a settlement for their injury than what it is actually worth.
Injured railroad workers need to remember that the claims department is a sophisticated entity of the railroad, whose primary goal is to make sure that railroad workers receive less for their injuries than what they should be receiving.
While dealing with an experienced railroad attorney may take longer to resolve your claim, at the end of the day, it will be the true value of your claim instead of what the claims agent decides is the minimal amount due to you after your injury.
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