All railroads have a rule requiring employees to complete a personal injury report in a timely manner following an injury incident. The injury report is the employee’s first opportunity to inform the railroad in writing about the injury incident and describe what was unsafe about the working environment, procedures, tools and/or equipment that caused or contributed to cause the injury. Guidelines to consider include:
Make sure you are physically and mentally able to complete the report. If not, advise your supervisor of this fact and wait to complete the report until able.
If possible, find a witness (union local chairman, co-employee) to accompany you when you complete the report.
Read each question carefully and think about each question before writing your answer.
Accurately describe the unsafe work environment, procedures, tools and/or equipment involved in your injury incident.
Check or write “no” in response to any question asking if you could have prevented your own injury incident.
List any witnesses who may have information about the incident.
The manner in which you complete the injury report and answer the questions may have a significant impact on your ability to recover compensation under the FELA and may provide the railroad with evidence to establish your contributory negligence in an effort to reduce your potential compensation. Thus, the importance of this report and how it is completed cannot be overstated.
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As a former MOW employee for Wisconsin Central Railroad in need of an
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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.
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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.