Arkansas Train Accident Attorneys
PROUDLY SERVING ALL OF ARKANSAS with offices in little rock, Mountain Home, & Texarkana
If you have been involved in a train accident or work-related railroad accident in Arkansas, the train accident attorneys at Collins, Collins & Ray can help. Whether you’ve experienced a railroad crossing wreck, a railroad accident or derailment involving toxic materials, or if you would like to know your rights regarding pursuit of an injury or death claim against a railroad, our experienced attorneys will fight for your rights.
FELA Claims | Arkansas Train Accident Lawyers
The Federal Employers’ Liability Act (FELA) was established by Congress in 1908 to protect the rights of railroad workers. When a railroad worker is seriously injured or killed, or if they develop a debilitating or life-threatening condition, such as cancer, as a result of their job, they or their survivors may be entitled to financial restitution, as outlined by FELA.
The purpose of FELA is to protect railroad workers who are hurt on the job. This applies to all railroad workers, including:
- Bridge inspectors
- Bridge Carpenters
- Building Carpenters
- Maintenance-of-way workers
- Maintenance crews
- Machine operators
- Other railroad workers
FELA covers workers who experience:
- Train-related injuries
- Crashes at railroad crossings
- Occupational disorders
- Occupational-related diseases, including lung diseases, hearing loss or repetitive stress injuries
- Asbestos and mesothelioma claims
- Train derailments and railroad wrecks
- Passenger train injuries
- Toxic chemical leaks and spills
- Wrongful death
Collins, Collins & Ray’s highly skilled attorneys can help you navigate the law. Call us today at (501) 392-5007 for a free consultation about your FELA law claim.
How Much Time Do I Have to File a FELA or Arkansas Train Accident Claim?
The general rule is that you have three years after the date of an injury to file a FELA claim in court. There are exceptions, however, if an employee was exposed to certain fumes or toxins associated with work on the railroad, and is later diagnosed with leukemia or other cancers, or other diseases related to exposure. These fumes include:
- Diesel exhaust
- Silica Sand
- Welding fumes
In any case, it’s important that you begin your claim against the railroad as soon as possible. If you have a viable case, Collins, Collins & Ray Arkansas train accident attorneys will fight for you. We will make sure your voice is heard and your rights are protected.
If you have been injured in a railroad or train accident, our Arkansas attorneys can help. Call Collins, Collins & Ray at (501) 392-5007 for a free consultation today.
Experienced Train Accident Attorneys in Arkansas
- Our firm’s attorneys are regularly sought out speakers asked to teach other attorneys about reliable methods of successfully resolving personal injury claims.
- Our firm’s attorneys are often consulted by other attorneys looking to make sure their clients are given the benefit of our knowledge and experience in providing reliable representation to injured Arkansans.
- Our firm’s attorneys have taken significant injury cases that other attorneys have turned away and resolved them for substantial value.
- Our firm’s attorneys know the law and work very hard to determine the important facts that insurance companies take note of when looking to value claims.
Our firm’s attorneys know the law and work very hard to determine the important facts that insurance companies take note of when looking to value claims. At CCR, we offer free consultations and you will not be charged unless we win your personal injury claim. That’s how confident we are that we can get you what you deserve!
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What documents or records should I be getting together for my case?
Any relevant information you have regarding the accident should be gathered. This includes, but is not limited to, photographs, videos, written notes you made regarding the accident (i.e. your present sense impression, any witness names), a copy of the police report, your insurance information, any reports reflecting the estimated damage done to your vehicle (i.e. cost of repair), any medical bills that stemmed from the accident. If you have any questions about what information may be relevant to your potential claim, give us a call and CCR will be happy to help you make that determination.
Can I get any bills paid without filing a lawsuit?
There is a surprisingly simple way to get payment for all your damages without filing suit. By keeping records and documentation about the accident up to date and in order, you can make a copy available to the insurance company, if they are agreeable to a reasonable settlement.
In many cases, unfortunately, the insurance company is less enthusiastic about fulfilling their obligations. We have seen instances of insurance companies prolonging legal negotiations in the hopes that the injured party will eventually grow tired of waiting and settle for a lesser amount than they may be awarded in court. Insurance companies are for-profit corporations with bottom-lines, and they usually conduct themselves in that manner.
If you have been in an accident and feel you are getting short-changed by the responsible parties’ insurance, contact a qualified personal injury attorney today. Here at CCR we are able to answer your insurance related questions, and offer free consultations.
How can I pay my accident bills until my lawsuit is resolved?
This complex issue involves details specific to your own health and auto insurance policies. For example, a majority of automobile insurance policies provide Personal Injury Protection (PIP) for medical payment “MedPay” benefits. Most people have this coverage and seek benefit of payments from their own automobile insurance policy to pay healthcare providers in an amount up to $5,000 (the actual amount of coverage may vary). MedPay commonly covers medical expenses for the insured, their passengers, other drivers on the policy, and members of the insured’s household. What many people do not realize is that MedPay insurance coverage provides payments to its own insured(s) even if the other driver is at fault.
Other sources of insurance payments might be available to pay for the medical bills as they accrue to include: Private Health Insurance, Medicare, Medicaid, and supplemental health insurance policies. Unfortunately, many healthcare providers have adopted billing practices making it much harder for accident victims to get their bills paid as they accrue and avoid collection. The results of these practices leave accident victims uncertain they will obtain the benefit of health insurance payments. This takes further discussion to illustrate.
In the past, injured victims could easily submit health insurance claims on his or her health insurance policy as they accrued. Indeed, the medical care provider would do this automatically. This is no longer true as many Arkansas healthcare providers choose to forego submitting accident related insurance claims to known health insurance providers (including Medicare and Medicaid) until they can determine whether they may recover more money from the insurer of the liable third-party who caused the collision. Since this may take up to a year or so to figure out, many innocent accident victims find that even though they have private health insurance, Medicare, or Medicaid, the medical bills are not getting paid and in fact turn are often turned over for collection. Yes, even though an accident victim may have health insurance coverage, the health care provider may not seek payment and instead turn over the accident victim to bill collectors. This is because the healthcare provider(s) never turned in the claim for payment from your health insurance at all. Healthcare providers have negotiated contractual obligations to accept lower payments for service charges paid by private health insurance, Medicare, and Medicaid. Therefore, if the healthcare provider quickly submits billing to a private health insurer, Medicare, or Medicaid (which exist solely to provide benefits for their insured after all), then the healthcare provider may lose the chance to get paid more from the insurer of the liable third party. Additionally, in most instances, the right to leverage and seek payment directly from the innocent accident victim grants stronger rights than if the private health insurer, Medicare, or Medicaid sought reimbursement from the liable third party’s insurance company. This leaves many accident victims in the middle and adds to the anxiety and stress caused by the collision because many find that, in addition to being forced out of work and needing to seek medical treatment, the harm is compounded by harassing collection notices, letters, or phone calls and devalued credit scores.
If you have specific questions about your medical bills getting paid give us a call and we can assess your specific situation.
How do I know if the insurance company is being fair with me?
You probably have no way of knowing unless you have prior experience as an insurance adjuster or attorney. Every insurance company hires and pays the salaries of scores of investigators. Those investigators have responsibilities to report to the insurance company first; they answer to the people who pay them first. This may affect your claim in that insurance investigators, also called “adjusters” are trained to gather information in ways allowing them to discount and devalue claims by looking for anything that might prop up an argument challenging fault or proof of damages. Generally, these investigators are very busy and have many claims to handle. It is only natural for them to pay attention to well-documented claims compiled and presented by attorneys who know what they must consider when deciding whether and how much to pay for a particular claim. Your life-altering accident is only “a claim” to the insurance company; one of tens or hundreds of such “claims.” You lost a loved one or the use of your body and the insurance company has a computer and file folders keeping track of your injuries and damages, and they only pay for what gets included in those files. The insurance company has teams of investigators and attorneys to document their file, shouldn’t you? Shouldn’t you have someone who knows how to make sure your life and your claim are being given a fair shot?
To know if you are being made a reasonable offer, it is best to get a second opinion from someone with extensive experience in representing injured people whether the injuries came from: automobile collisions, truck accidents, airplane crashes, or boating incidents. We have an extensive understanding of tactics used by large insurance companies from working for them and against them. When turning our focus and experience to help those wronged by insurance companies, we developed significant experience representing injured accident victims. We don’t take every case, but for clients we choose to represent, we put our experience to work to ensure our clients obtain the level of compensation they are owed and for which they deserve.