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Do I Need a Lawyer?

The hope and expectation is that you will have a long, safe, enjoyable and prosperous life and working career. Unfortunately, experience has shown that the moment you are seriously injured due to the negligent act of another when you least expect it, your life gets turned upside down. Your goal is to protect yourself and your family and to collect fair compensation under the law for all harms and losses you have and will sustain in the future.  You have become a liability in the eyes of the financially responsible institution that now has an interest in managing that risk and reducing its financial exposure.

To protect and advance its interests in defending your claim, insurance companies and large businesses such as railroads and insurance companies have unlimited resources, including teams of claims agents and lawyers who are expertly trained to gather evidence to defend against your claim. Insurance companies and large businesses will hire outside firms to conduct a thorough background check, search for past medical treatment and records, conduct internet and social media surveillance, and perform video surveillance.  They may request a recorded statement from you with the goal of having you accept responsibility for how you were injured.  Quite simply, these institutions seek to obtain one piece of damaging evidence against you to significantly harm your rights of recovery under the law.

How can you best protect yourself and your family given this harsh reality?  Chances are you have never needed to speak with or retain a lawyer. Similar to how mechanics can specialize in a certain craft of work and doctors specialize in certain areas of medicine, lawyers also have specialized areas of legal practice. You would not treat with an orthopedic surgeon for chest pains and likewise, you should not seek advice from a tax attorney for a claim involving serious injuries or the death of a loved one.

Thus, to best protect your rights, you should contact a lawyer who has years of experience handling serious personal injury matters, including specialized experience in representing railroad workers under the FELA and FRSA. There is no good reason not to call a lawyer because (1) the advice and insight is free; (2) there is no obligation to retain a lawyer; and (3) if you need to retain a lawyer, it will cost you nothing as attorneys handling injury claims work on a contingency fee basis and only get paid if financial compensation is recovered on your behalf.

Great Lawyer!

Jeff Chod was my lawyer in a suit against MRL in Missoula Montana.He
distinguished himself in a very professional manner. His hard work,
extensive knowledge and attention to detail enabled me to get a
satisfactorysettlement. He was easily accessible and quickly attended to all my
questions and worries. I highly recommend Jeff to anyone due to his work
ethic and willingness to go that extra mile to insure his client gets the best
possible results.

~ Brian, Victor, MT
Changed my life

I met Mr. Chod in 2007. It was the best decision I have ever made to
hire him. I was injured and scared, and he did not know me, but gave
me confidence, told me to focus on getting better and he would take
care of the rest. Amazingly he did and I made also a friend for life.

~ Tony, Amelia, OH
My experience was outstanding

As a former MOW employee for Wisconsin Central Railroad in need of an
injury attorney, it has been my experience that good FELA attorneys are hard
to find. After having to fire my first attorney due to a very frustrating
experience, I found attorney Chod and from that point on, my experience
was nothing short of outstanding. Jeff treated me personally with
compassion as if I were his only client and understood completely
the seriousness of my injury. He fought a very long and
tough battle against a team of very high powered attorneys
with due diligence...

~ Todd, Wausau, WI
Railroad Incident

I hired Mr. Chod after I had an incident at a mine here in
Wyoming when I worked for the Union Pacific Railroad
and he did an excellent job of settling my case. Mr. Chod
worked well with myself and the doctors he talked to and
other railroad employees.

~ Connie, Douglas, WY
When you need a winner, he is your guy...

In September of 2014 I suffered a career ending injury at BNSF Railway. The RR choose to not do the right thing even though I continued to have faith in them. I talked to Jeff on a recommendation of a friend after many broken promises by BNSF. I had only done one thing wrong that night, and that was trusting BNSF to accurately train, and prepare a operator to safely work along side me. I talked with Jeff and he helped ease my mind and finally realize that the RR was not conducting themselves in my best interest or livelihood. My injuries physically were were permanent and the PTSD was overwhelming and learning to deal with it was life altering. Jeff worked tirelessly for me and my future well-being. He fought them like David and Goliath and we won.

~ Lisa, Memphis, TN
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