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How to file a proper FELA claim

Railroad workers in Connecticut and around the country are protected by the Federal Employers Liability Act. When an injury occurs, employees should make a report and seek treatment in a timely manner. Ideally, the report will be filled out as accurately as possible and to the extent that an individual's injuries allows that person to. As part of the treatment process, workers should see their own doctor after being seen by hospital or other emergency medical staff.

While recovering, an injured worker should keep track of any time that was missed from work. This includes the day of the accident as well as any time missed because of a doctor's appointment or other time spent rehabbing from the injury. In addition to the report issued to the employer, a personal report should be written by an injured worker. This report can be used by a worker's attorney as he or she pursues compensation.

As a general rule, people who have been hurt in accident should be as open and honest as possible about their condition. They will also want to keep thorough records such as copies of medical bills, witness statements or anything else that is worth documenting. Keeping good records may make it easier to complete the process of getting compensation in a timely manner.

Those who are injured in a workplace accident should report the incident to an employer right away. An attorney may be able to review a worker's claim to determine if it meets the criteria of the Federal Employers Liability Act. By being accurate and detailed about what happened, an attorney may be better able to help an individual obtain a favorable outcome in a FELA case.

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