A Paper Trail Is Everything for an Injured Railroader

Gary F. Babiarz, Chief Investigator ** PROVIDING RESULTS YOU NEED AND DESERVE! **

You have been injured at work on the railroad. From our previous editions of Straight Track, you knew to do the following:

You covered all the basics, but is there anything else you should be doing?

Yes, keep a diary!keeps track of your day to day life from the time you are injured at work to the time you reach maximum medical recovery.

Keeping a work injury diary is often one of the most helpful things you can do for yourself, your doctor and your attorney, yet is often the most over looked.

When keeping a diary, it is important to include any pain and physical limitations you experience that were caused by your injuries. This will not only aid your doctor in your treatment, but will also document your pain and suffering (that is recoverable in the form of monetary compensation under the law). Time often clouds memories, making people's recollections of events and conversations sometimes different. Be sure also to include notes of any conversations you have with your doctors, nurses, and even your supervisors.

Another thing to keep track of is any expenses you incur as a result of your injury, such as if you had to hire someone to help cut your grass and do your household chores. These types of expenses may be recoverable.

You should also document your disability by listing activities that you can no longer do, such as hobbies, sports, housework or perhaps playing with your children. Your pain and suffering also are an important part of your FELA claim's damages.

As you're reading this newsletter, take a few minutes right now to think back to exactly what you did and the conversations you had with anyone a month ago. It's no fooling matter. You probably can't remember, and a month is not a very long time. Now consider this, months, even years could go by before you'd have to give a deposition or testimony describing all of events and conversations surrounding your work injury and medical treatment. When you keep a diary, you have an accurate written recollection of the events and conversations as they happened.

It only takes a few minutes of your time each day to jot down a few lines in a diary. It's time worth investing in your future.

If you or a loved one have suffered a work injury or wrongful death on the railroad, call an experienced FELA lawyer / railroad injury attorney at Hoey & Farina, P.C. at 1-888-425-1212, or complete this form, for your FREE CONSULTATION. Hoey & Farina represents clients throughout the United States.


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