The Federal Employers Liability Act (FELA) was created to protect workers who have been injured in a FELA railroad accident, but railroad employees that have been hurt on the job must act quickly so that they can take full advantage of this law. FELA is different from Workers' Compensation that is automatically awarded to injured workers without the employers ever needing to admit liability. To obtain compensation under FELA, an injured railroad worker will need to prove that the railroad was legally negligent to a certain extent in the accident that caused his or her injuries. If successful, the railroad worker will receive full compensation, and this will be a much greater amount than he or she would have received under Workers' Compensation. Make an Employer's Injury Report Immediately after the injury occurs, report it to your supervisor. Then, fill out an "injury report form." This form will ask you about the extent of your injuries and how they were caused, the factors that may have led to them and the conditions that were present at the time of the incident that may have played a role in causing the accident. You must be as thorough as possible when completing this document because it will be used to make decisions about your claim. See a Doctor and Obtain Treatment After reporting your injury to your supervisor, the next likely step would be for your supervisor to send you for immediate treatment. Even so, it will be important for you to see your own doctor after you have been treated in the emergency room. This will allow you to have an independent evaluation and further treatment if necessary. You must be as thorough in describing the pain you are experiencing to your own doctor as you were with the first medical professional in the emergency room. Ask for duplicates of your medical records or other documents and keep copies of your bills. Now, You are Ready to Pursue a FELA Claim. Make a Personal Injury Report You made an injury report for your employer, but you will need one for yourself as well because it will be an instrumental document needed by your railroad worker injury attorney. It will need to describe your injuries and the accident in which they occurred in great detail. It will need all of the information that you supplied in your employer's injury report as well as a description of the injuries, how severe they are and how they affect your ability to continue in your job and in pursuing personal activities. This report is also the place to write down the names of witnesses to the accident. Keep a Log of the Days that You Miss Work If you have to miss work because of your injuries, make sure to write this down. This includes the time you missed on the day the accident occurred, time missed because you were too injured to go to work and were recovering and time missed because you needed to attend follow-up doctor's appointments. Inform Your Union Representative of this Incident If you find it to be necessary, contact your union representative so that you can inform them that an accident occurred and that you were injured as a result. Contact Knowledgeable FELA Attorneys As soon as you can after you have been injured; make sure to contact experienced FELA attorneys who have expertise in handling these types of claims. Your lawyer will guide you throughout this entire process from beginning to end.Acting quickly is highly important because your employer may hold hearings that will be related to safety and liability concerning your accident. If this happens before you have an attorney, your case could be detrimentally affected. If you have been injured in a railroad accident, contact a railroad worker injury attorney today.