The Biggest Reason You Should Contact a FELA Railroad Accident Attorney

The railroad claims agent may insinuate that you are better off dealing directly with them.  You may be told that you need to really consider if it is in your best interest to hire a FELA railroad accident attorney.  There is even a chance that you will be told that you have three years from the date of your injury to start a court action, so there is no rush to go out and talk to a FELA lawyer.  What the railroad claims agent is actually hoping is that you don’t retain an attorney, because that means a substantial savings for the company.

A while back, the General Accounting Office of the U.S. Congress conducted a detailed study of the status of the Federal Employers Liability Act (FELA) and whether this law should be eliminated or modified.  One of the interesting things that researchers discovered was that the average recovery for FELA lawsuits was four times the amount of the average settlements made before the suits. This figure is not a surprise considering that almost all lawsuits involve privately retained attorneys.  No wonder the railroad does not want you to hire an experienced FELA railroad accident lawyer.

It is generally free to consult with a FELA attorney following a serious railroad injury.  A lawyer skilled in this law will be able to review your case to determine what violations were made and the liability of the railroad.  There are a lot of issues that an attorney will discuss with you that would never be brought up by the railroad claims agent.

So, what’s the biggest reason for contacting a railroad accident attorney?  Is it to obtain a higher settlement or get legal advice? While those are valid justifications for talking with a lawyer, the biggest reason is that the railroad claims agent is going to be consulting with an attorney and so should you.

Ben Glass recommends that if you have been hurt in a FELA railroad accident, that you contact the experienced Virginia FELA lawyers, John Cooper and Jim Hurley at (757) 455.0077. They have written a great book, Your Rights When You Are Injured on the Railroad, which can be downloaded on their website.